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Waste Management releases statement on Cortland incident

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 2:54 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2:29 a.m. CDT
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Lisa Disbrow, Waste Management's area senior manager for government and public affairs, provided the following statement on Tuesday's incident affecting Cortland Elementary School.

"Waste Management is proud to be a good neighbor in DeKalb County.  We sympathize with the families that were affected by the odors this morning. Unfortunately, a third party construction company was working onsite and digging into old garbage this morning when the winds changed direction towards the school. DeKalb landfill has been upgrading the gas system that controls odors. Methane gas was not released but due to the excavation-taking place in older garbage, a strong odor resulted.

"Waste Management is committed to not allowing this activity during unfavorable conditions. Any future work will be performed only when favorable conditions exist or the school is not in session as we complete this construction project. We hope to have this project completed in the next two weeks, again based upon favorable conditions.

"We are in contact with the county and the school officials."

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