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Ohio AG hits Lorain landfill with $500,000 plus in penalties
Settles years of odor complaints

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Neighbors of the Lorain County Landfill may be breathing easier after an agreement was reached today between the owners and state authorities.   WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports.

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Methane, or natural gas, is a colorless, and ODORLESS fuel.  But neighbors say the gases seeping out with the methane at  the Lorain County Landfill over the decades are anything but odorless. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine is hoping to reduce the smells and improve the flow of methane by issuing penalties as part of an agreement with the landfill and the company that burns the gas for energy.

Dewine slapped $500,000 on the Landfill operators, and $50,000 in civil penalties on BioEnergy, which burns natural gas from the site, and is in charge of maintaining the pipelines carrying it.

That’s after actions by the Ohio EPA and the Lorain County Health Department six years ago failed to alleviate the smell problem.

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