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Letter: Stricter guidelines needed for landfill

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 11:28 p.m. CST

To the Editor:

Recently more than 60 people at Cortland Elementary School were sickened by the foul odors coming from a nearby landfill. These foul odors were caused when Waste Management hit a pile of garbage while doing maintenance on the landfill.

I don’t think it is safe for the landfill to be that close to the school. It is possible that the odor could get the students and staff sick again.

If this happens again it is possible that people could get seriously sick or injured. Precautions mentioned by Waste Management are to do maintenance only when conditions are favorable (so that odors would not carry over to school) or when school is not in session. Is this practical? How do we know when conditions are favorable? Just because the school is safe doesn’t mean odor won’t travel to other parts of Cortland.

Although nobody was seriously injured, it doesn’t mean they never will be. This time they just got lucky, next time they might not.

I think that there should be more strict guidelines that Waste Management should follow to prevent this incident from happening again.    

Justin Pottorff

eighth-grade student, Sycamore Middle School


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