Moncks Corner residents say Berkeley County landfill odor is worse than ever

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Moncks Corner, SC (WCBD) – The foul sewage odor coming from the Berkeley County landfill is still unresolved.

Homeowners in a nearby neighborhood, Foxbank Plantation, in Moncks Corner, say that the odor is so unbearable that it is waking them up in the middle of the night, causing migraines, and a cough. Over the past few weeks, a number of residents have contacted News 2 about the horrible odor and says it permeates in the home and vehicles.

A 12-year homeowner in Foxbank Plantation says that the smell coming from Berkeley County landfill bordering the neighborhood is worse than ever. Like many of her neighbors, she has reached out to Berkeley County Water & Sanitation but has not received any response. Now, she fears for her kids’ health.

“At four o’clock in the morning you are woken up by this wretched smell and you try to get ready for work as fast as you can to get out of the house. We walked in our home yesterday and my eleven-year-old asked if somebody died in the house because it smelt so bad. The kids generally don’t want to stick around. They want to be outside to play, but I am very cautious about the time they are spending outdoors digging in our yard. They like to play in puddles and stuff like that, but I don’t know what they are getting access to.”

Officials in Berkeley County say they are working to control a foul odor coming from a landfill in Moncks Corner.

 

According to county spokeswoman, Hannah Moldenhauer, Berkeley County Water and Sanitation is working closely with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to find a solution to the odor coming from the Berkeley County landfill, located on Highway 52.

 

Moldenhauer said the county received more than 11 inches of rain in December 2018, and several more inches into January 2019, which she says has caused some odor issues at the landfill. “…due to moisture and the breakdown of gypsum board.”

 

She said the problem results in the release of Hydrogen Sulfide gas and puts off a “rotten egg” smell. 

 

The county is now taking extra measures to find a solution to the smelly problem.

 

Berkeley County Water and Sanitation is asking citizens of Moncks Corner to contact them if they smell a foul odor.

For more information:

https://www.berkeleycountysc.gov/drupal/content/berkeley-county-hopeful-solution-landfill-odor-will-be-found-soon

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