Update from Gov. Snyder’s office

Thank you for your March 2, 2016, e-mail to Governor Rick Snyder regarding odor issues from the Advanced Disposal Services Arbor Hills Landfill, Inc. in Salem, Michigan and a proposed expansion of that facility. Governor Snyder has referred your e-mail to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for response.

Since Scott Miller of the DEQ Air Quality Division has already provided information to you regarding the odor issues at Advanced Disposal Services Arbor Hills Landfill, Inc., I will address your concern over the proposed expansion.

Advanced Disposal Services Arbor Hills Landfill, Inc. has not applied for an expansion permit with the DEQ. The company has started preliminary discussions with Salem Township and Washtenaw County regarding a proposal to expand the landfill operation north of Six Mile Road in the area currently used for composting operations. These discussions are between the landfill company, the host community, and the county.

The landfill is regulated by the DEQ pursuant to Part 115, Solid Waste Management, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. Under Part 115, each county must develop a Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). Any proposed landfill expansion must first be determined to be consistent with the SWMP prior to an application being made to the DEQ.

Washtenaw County is currently in the process of amending its entire SWMP as well as to allow for an expansion at Advanced Disposal Services Arbor Hills Landfill, Inc. The process for amending the SWMP does include an opportunity for public input. You may contact Mr. Jeffrey Krcmarik, Washtenaw County’s Designated Planning Agency contact for the amendment at 734-222-6865 or krcmarij@ewashtenaw.org to request to be added in the Solid Waste Management Planning Committee (SWMPC) notifications throughout the process. The SWMP approval process allows for public input during each of the SWMPC meetings, 90-day public comment, and public hearing, Board of Commissioners approval meeting, during the 67 percent municipal approval process and during the final DEQ approval.

Once Washtenaw County amends their SWMP to include this landfill expansion then the facility would be able to apply for a construction permit with the DEQ. At that time the DEQ will offer a public meeting and or public hearing to answer questions and address public concerns before a decision is made on permitting the landfill expansion.

We appreciate you bringing your concerns to our attention. If you have any further questions or comments, please contact Mr. Lawrence Bean at 517-416-4375, or e-mail BEANL@michigan.gov, or you may contact me.

Steve Sliver, Acting Office Chief
Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection
517-284-6551
slivers@michigan.gov

DEQ Report: FY15 Solid Waste Mgt. Fund

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.

View the document

Fast facts:

  • 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.

DEQ posts violations, air quality reports

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.

Arbor Hills background, reports

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.

Advanced, Republic violation response

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.

What we are about

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 salemtownshipdump@gmail.com.

Our mission is to improve the environment by working with neighbors, government entities, area businesses and community leaders to create a clean and safe place to live and work.