WVDEP Division of Air Quality responds to landfill odor complaints


Inspectors from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) responded to “licorice” odor complaints on Wednesday, March 12, regarding the Disposal Services Inc. (DSI) landfill on Route 34 in Hurricane.

It was determined the odor was associated with the approved disposal of solidified wastewater that is being transferred by Freedom Industries from its Poca Blending facility in Nitro to DSI. A portion of the wastewater collected from the Freedom Industries’ spill site on the Kanawha River is being stored at Poca Blending and contains some amounts of MCHM.

Before being deposited into the landfill, the wastewater is mixed with saw dust to create a solid material. The DSI landfill is lined and equipped with a leak detection system and groundwater monitoring wells. All leachate collected from the landfill is sent to a wastewater treatment facility prior to discharge.

The WVDEP Division of Water and Waste Management approved DSI’s request last month for a Minor Permit Modification to accept the wastewater. DSI can accept the material until October of 2014.

The DAQ did not issue an odor violation to DSI as a result of its investigation.


Tom Aluise