The Ohio EPA is holding a public hearing Tuesday night on Rumpke's request to increase the amount of odor neutralizer being used at its Colerain Township site. The new permit would allow the company to use up to 2,741 gallons of the neutralizer mixed with more than 2.7 million gallons of water monthly.
The deodorizer is made from essential plant oils, mainly from fruits and vegetables. It's applied using 200 spray nozzles attached to more than 6,100 feet of hose, 20 industrial fans and mobile spray dispensers
"We've been at this site since 1945, as the community has grown and science has offered better technology we've employed it to ensure as little impact as possible on the surrounding area, " said Amanda Pratt, Rumpke's director of communications. "Rumpke wants nothing more that to reduce the odor impact, and science and research indicates this is the best option at this time."
Rumpke said it's requesting the increase in part to eliminate odors from a reaction that's occurring in a small area about 100 feet below the surface of the landfill. The company said it's not a fire and poses no health risks.
Tonight's hearing is at 6:30 at the Colerain Township Senior Center, 4300 Springdale Road.