Rod Meloni from Detroit’s Channel 4 news covered the landfill expansion and odor issue on March 14, 2016. The story featured Salem RALE (Residents Against Landfill Expansion) leader Jo Ann Heyl.
We have received a copy of the Department of Environmental Quality’s Report on Activities Funded by the Staff Account of the Solid Waste Management Fund for fiscal year 2015.
- In fiscal year 2015, the DEQ collected fines and penalties of $100,800.
- A total of 908 inspections were conducted.
- The DEQ received 1,089 solid waste management complaints, 52 of which were investigated via inspections.
- The amount of revenue in the Solid Waste Management Fund Staff Account at the end of FY2014 was $3,761,002 and FY2015 was $4,074,281.
The Host Agreement between Arbor Hills Landfill and Salem Township has been published on the Arbor Hills Landfill page.
The Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality has posted a new page about the Arbor Hills Landfill. See air sampling reports, violation details and construction updates.
The DEQ did not include the more serious violation details from Arbor Hills Energy, the adjacent landfill gas-to-energy turbine plant owned and operated by Fortistar Methane Group. The gas collection facility has received violations for exceeding sulfur dioxide emission standards. The Environmental Protection Agency links short-term exposure to sulfur dioxide to an array of adverse respiratory effects.
Learn more about the Fortistar Methane Group violations at Arbor Hills Energy.
Watch the Feb. 18 Northville Township Board of Trustees meeting. The Arbor Hills Landfill discussion starts at 15:33.
The Feb. 2, 2016 violation the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued to Advanced Disposal and Republic Services asked for a response by Feb. 15, 2016. A Freedom of Information Act request returned the three documents below.
This site contains information regarding the Arbor Hills Landfill in Salem Township, MI. We have a grassroots movement seeking to eliminate the sources of odor in Salem Township and the surrounding communities.
Our first target is stop the proposed 240-acre expansion of the Arbor Hills Landfill. We are trying to stop the expansion that will increase the capacity of the landfill and extend its operations. We believe the landfill is a major source of odor affecting eastern Washtenaw and western Wayne counties.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Representatives from Arbor Hills landfill attended the Salem Twp. board of trustees meeting on Feb. 9, 2016. They confirmed they plan to expand the landfill near the compost area and they have purchased surrounding property.
A group of Salem Township activists known as Salem RALE (Residents Against Landfill Expansion) manage an informational website, Sharing Salem.
On Feb. 2, 2016, both Advanced Disposal and Republic Services were named in a violation issued by the Department of Environmental Quality.