The Fulton Sun is reporting that a Callaway County resident Beth Ready has been demanding answers regarding violations imposed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on the municipality-run landfill. Among the problems nearby residents have been having includes trash blowing onto the property, methane levels, leachate and persistent foul odors. Ms. Ready feels that the violations amount in only a slap on the wrist. The DNR have responded by saying they have imposed fines, and that the City has responded that they are working to fix the problems.
The DNR had also stated that they performed tests regarding the air quality that has shown the air is safe. What is not mentioned in the article that methane is generally odorless. If there are foul odors, chances are they are coming from hydrogen sulfide. While there are no known long term health effects of hydrogen sulfide at low levels (and many of the instruments used won’t even measure the low levels), it will cause a horrible odor much like rotten eggs, and it will cause discomfort symptoms, such as runny nose, itching eyes, and even nausea.