Jan. 21, 2010
The Environmental Attorneys at The Simon Law Firm Alert the Public to Upcoming Meetings on Overland Park Landfill
Kansas regulators want to keep open a landfill that had been scheduled to close
ST. LOUIS— Johnson County residents who are concerned about health and quality-of-life issues posed by the APAC-Kansas Reno Construction Company construction and demolition landfill will have a chance to air their concerns in meetings scheduled for Jan. 21 and Feb. 11.
In February 2008, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment amended a landfill permit issued to APAC-Kansas, the operator of the landfill. Citing public health and safety concerns, state regulators required APAC-Kansas to stop receiving landfill waste on or before Dec. 31, 2010, and to close the construction and demolition landfill by June 30, 2011.
It now appears that state regulators have reversed course. Last month the KDHE announced that it wants to keep the landfill open.
The decision comes as unwelcome news to those who continue to smell hydrogen sulfide gas.
Over time, approximately 10 million gallons of water collected inside the landfill. The combination of this water with sulfur-containing drywall debris produced hydrogen sulfide, a gas that smells like rotten eggs. State regulators had been concerned about health risks posed by the gas but now say that the hydrogen sulfide level is low enough that it doesn’t present a safety concern.
Environmental attorney Todd Hageman explains, “Even when the hydrogen sulfide level doesn’t rise high enough to pose a health risk, it can still produce a smell so strong that it causes itchy eyes, sore throats and nausea. Homeowners can’t use and enjoy their property. Landfill monitors may not register what citizens smell because the monitor’s minimum H2S detection level is greater than the human odor threshold.”
The first of the two meetings will be held 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 21 in the commons area of Pleasant Ridge Middle School, 9000 W. 165th St. in Overland Park. The second will be held 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 11 at the same location
The Simon Law Firm is a St. Louis-based firm that represents people who have lost the use and enjoyment of their property or been hurt as a result of environmental and landfill hazards. For more information, contact Todd Hageman by calling 877-767-3108 or e-mailing THageman@simonlawpc.com.