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Air Quality Test Finds No Health Risk, Just Odor Nuisance From Landfill

Posted at 5:40 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 17:40:46-04

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – The Central Kentucky landfill has been bothering residents in northern Scott County with an odor for years. Earlier this year, the state issued a court order giving the landfill 60 days to comply with plans to curb the smell.

The Department of Environmental Protection released data from an air quality test they conducted this spring. The good news is that the amount of hydrogen sulfide in the air does not pose a health risk but the report does note that there’s enough to cause a nuisance.

“I want our citizens not to have that nuisance of not being able to go out and cook or go out and walk the dogs or just do things that families do, because of the smell,” said Joe Pat Covington, Judge Executive of Scott County.

Residents who live nearly five miles away say in the past few weeks there have still been days when the smell from the landfill has been unbearable.

Since Jan. 1 of this year, there have been 508 odor complaints. Due to those complaints, 15 odor inspections were conducted and as a result, 13 new notices of violations have been issued to the landfill in the past few months.

There’s a 30-day public comment period for residents to email or mail in their concerns to the Judge Executive’s office. On May 21, a public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Scott County High School.

“It just gives the public opportunity to comment on this proposal opportunity to comment on this proposed amendment,” said Covington.

The proposed amendment would make changes to the current solid waste management plan.

If you plan to email your comments in by May 20, the email address is