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DNR working with county officials due to methane gas at landfill

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BENTON -- The old landfill in Scott County has a slight case of gas.

Presiding County Commissioner Jamie Burger said during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday that county officials anticipate receiving a notice of violation from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for methane gas migration above the legal testing limits.

As DNR officials are working with the county, Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said, county officials do not anticipate there will be any fines imposed on the county.

"They will talk to us about what we need to do if this problem continues," Ziegenhorn said.

Burger said the county maintains an ongoing dialogue with DNR officials about the landfill and that the notice of violation simply "makes it known to the public that we have gas migration issues."

The county has already notified those around the landfill as required by DNR, Burger said.

"We're not trying to hide anything," he said. "The landfill is kind of remote: it doesn't have many neighbors, but it does have some. The impact on the neighbors isn't great."

Ziegenhorn said DNR's concern is for "human welfare." He added, "I don't think there's enough gas up there to cause anyone problems in the future."

Testing at the landfill has been done on weekly basis since April 13, according to Commissioner Donnie Kiefer.

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