Final Court Approval of Class Action Settlement
On November 26th, a Final Judgement and Order was issued by the Court approving the class action settlement. The settlement provides a $1,875,000 fund for claimants and attorneys’ fees, and also requires that the site continue to make improvements to its systems and operations. We greatly value our relationships with our Stony Hollow neighbors and so we are pleased that the Court has granted its approval. According to the Court approval, the settlement funds will be made available for distribution in early-2019, and the funds will be distributed by the attorneys representing the class participants.
Our team has worked diligently to resolve the odor issues and continue to do so. All of us at Waste Management remain committed to Stony Hollow and to being a trusted waste and recycling partner in the Dayton community.
Our site activities continue to focus on routine monitoring and inspection programs, assuring the extensive control systems now in place continue to function at their peak. We continue to maintain gas collection systems and the odor control improvements made with the installation of the cover shown below. The 2018 site construction projects are now all completed and for the remainder of the year we will continue to provide informational updates. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to visit the site or need additional information.
No Changes to Synthetic Cap and Gas Well Collection Systems: The synthetic cap and gas well collection system continues to function and perform well. This system continues to control odors and proactively address future issues. We routinely inspect the area to assure its continued effectiveness. Our site gas technicians are on site for daily inspections to ensure all wells are operating properly and the vacuum is being applied. Gas well monitoring and tuning of the well field continues.
Odor Surveillance: Odor surveillance continues three times a day, seven days a week. Results are maintained on site and are available for agency inspection. Since activating the cap, the third-party consultant has continued to report a decrease in intensity and scope of odors in the daily odor surveys. As we continue any site maintenance and gas well installation work, we will issue potential odor alert notifications when we expect there’s a potential for off-site odors.
Odor Management Plan: We continue to operate in accordance with the plans outlined in the agency order. The Ohio EPA sets clear guidelines and measurement criteria that must be met before it will give approval for any changes.
Thankful for Our Neighbors
As Thanksgiving approached, the Stony Hollow team provided several hundred turkeys to help family celebrations in nearby neighborhoods and communities. We are truly appreciative that we can participate alongside many of the community leaders.
This year we also celebrated with community leader Mr. Herbert Burton, a recent 2018 Mayor’s Community Service Award recipient for his dedication to the Pineview neighborhood. Congratulations Mr. Burton for your dedication and service.