With the Rain and High Summer Temperatures
Came the Stench
Lee County Residents Have Had Enough
File Class Action Suit Against Republic Services
Waste products contained in a landfill produce gases and these gases are mostly methane and carbon dioxide. Peak production of these gases occur typically when the waste in the landfill has been buried approximately 5 to 7 years. A little math will reveal that gas production at Bishopville's landfill is well under way.
Gas, any gas has a tendency to expand, filling in any available space.
Since landfill's employ methods to inhibit gas from escaping, such as tightly compacting the waste and covering it with a layer of soil the gases which are lighter than air and follow the path of least resistance, tend to migrate horizontally under the ground to other areas including those areas outside the landfill.
One landfill gas in particular, carbon dioxide, is denser than air and will collect in areas such as basements, poorly ventilated crawl spaces and other subsurface areas of homes located nearby. In sufficient quantities carbon dioxide can be harmful to humans.
The State, South Carolina's Homepage "...no one — not the landfill’s operator nor state regulators — has been able to clear the air, he says.
So Babb and several neighbors filed suit this summer in a case that is believed to be the first of its kind against the landfill and only the second such case in South Carolina.
Their class action lawsuit against Republic Services says powerful landfill odors are hurting property values and causing a general nuisance for people who live near the towering above-ground dump along Interstate 20..." Read full story