Landfill has June deadline for changes

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

Blue Ridge Landfill has until June 9 to submit a permit modification application incorporating some changes into their Site Operating Plan.

On April 10, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved Blue Ridge Landfill’s odor control plan. According to State Representative Ed Thompson, this plan is a result of the TCEQ Enforcement Order that was issued on July 12, 2017.

BRL submitted prior versions of their plan on Aug. 11, 2017, Nov. 30, 2017, Jan. 18, 2018, and March 8, and has been working with TCEQ to ensure their plan sufficiently addressed all the requirements of the order.

BRL must meet their June deadline.

“Although it is my hope that this delayed approval has resulted in the best possible version of the plan, I think it’s important to look at some of the regulations that are allowing such severe delays to take place. I am grateful that as Chair of the Environmental Regulation Sub-Committee on Air Quality and Municipal Landfills I will have the opportunity to address a number of these issues in the committee’s Interim Report,” Thompson said.

Thompson continued to hear numerous odor complaints recently that resulted from the Blue Ridge Landfill. He reached out to local TCEQ officials to make sure they were aware of the situation and find out what’s being done.

“I was informed that TCEQ was on-site at BRL for three days, including an overnight stay to collect data. I will continue to monitor this situation and keep Pearland updated,” he said.

Odors have been described as garbage, chemical, and sewage and reported to occur both overnight and during the early morning hours.

The TCEQ identified the Blue Ridge Landfill in neighboring Fresno, Texas, as the source of the odor being reported.

Thousands of complaints have been filed from residents in the Shadow Creek Ranch subdivision since Aug. 2015 and the complaints have not stopped.

To report odors to TCEQ, please call 713-767-3641 or toll free at 888-777-3186.

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