The email below was sent by Larry Bean from the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality on Aug. 6, 2018:
Last week Advanced Disposal had to shut down the gas collection system at the Arbor Hills Landfill for a couple days to complete the connection of the new pipe infrastructure to the gas plant. This resulted in an increase of odor detections at that time. On Thursday the new gas collection system was turned on resulting in a much greater ability to collect gas from the landfill. It is now pulling more gas out of the landfill than in the past. The system is functioning to draw the excess gas out of the landfill. Over the next month, the blowers which pull gas to the flares will be upgraded. This will help to maintain a proper vacuum in the landfill when the gas plant is shut down. Over the next couple months the individual gas collection wells on the landfill will be adjusted to tune the system for maximum efficiency of gas collection throughout the landfill. We expect a significant reduction of odors as a result of this work.
The note below was sent out last Monday by Advanced Disposal notifying all stakeholders that a temporary shut down was needed to complete the work. You can monitor the work progress and any notices by the facility at the links in the note below.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Note from Bill Tennant on Monday July 30.
We are going to have two system shutdowns at Arbor Hills Landfill for construction and header tie ins this week.
The first tie in will be today at noon and will last until about 17:00.
The next tie in will be tomorrow morning at 08:00 and will last until about 14:00.
The plant and main flares will be down during these tie ins. The North temp flare will be increased to maximum flow. There may be some odors related to these system shutdowns. We are putting alerts on our website as well.
On Wednesday at 08:00 we are going to test the new header and anticipate having full vacuum restored to the north half of the landfill! This will allow us to put the temp flare in standby mode and send all the gas to the plant.
Please call myself or Anthony if you have any questions.
Bill Tennant | Landfill Gas Program Manager, East Region
10833 West Five Mile Road – Building B | Northville | MI
M: 757.585.8039 | E: Bill.Tennant@AdvancedDisposal.com
Jackson and Lansing District Supervisor
Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality