SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Last year alone, there were 440 complaints filed by 150 residents about the smell of the Central Kentucky Landfill.
Now, the Kentucky Cabinet of Energy and Environment has issued an agreed order, placing parameters on the waste company. It has 60 days to comply.
“There’s times that you can smell it from 10 miles away,” said Sadieville resident Marry Mudd. “I am two miles away, and it smells terrible, especially at night or early in the morning.”
Mudd has lived in Scott County since she was 9-years-old. She said that in the past five years, the smell has increased greatly.
“In the last three months, there’s times that you can’t even walk outside. It’s just unbearable. There’s times that I’ve had to go outside and I’ve had to cover my mouth and nose because we couldn’t stand the smell. You could almost taste it,” she said.
On Monday, the COO of Waste Services of the Bluegrass, the company that owns the landfill, said that in the next two weeks, residents should notice a drastic decrease in the odor.
The Scott County Judge-Executive said that the company’s recent faster compliance is because the agreed order is mandating that they follow a stricter timeline in capturing the gases that are likely creating the stench. Mudd and other residents said that their expectations are set low.
“Smelling is believing. I’ll believe it whenever I can see a difference. When I can go outside and grill without having to smell it and it ruin my supper,” said Mudd.
The Scott County Judge-Executive said that this issue has been ongoing for years and he’s hopeful by bringing everyone to the table, progress will happen for the residents of Northern Scott County.