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Seneca County Health District unanimously votes to approve Sunny Farms landfill license

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TIFFIN, OH (TiffinOhio.net News) — The Seneca County General Health District unanimously voted on Monday to approve the license for Sunny Farms landfill in Fostoria, despite months-long complaints from residents regarding the environmental and health effects of the dumping ground.

Sunny Farms is now allowed to continue its operations for the remainder of 2019. The meeting on Monday was the first time the local health department and residents met since Sunny Farms agreed to a $3.7 million settlement with the state EPA.

OEPA took enforcement action against the Seneca County landfill in January 2019 following numerous public complaints of pungent odors and smells emanating from the site.

From October 2018 through December 2018, the public made 276 odor complaints to the landfill.

The settlements also include benchmarks and regulations about future operations at the landfill. The Seneca County General Health District had previously threatened to deny Sunny Farms its operating license.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says the landfill is in “substantial compliance” with regulations.

“If just one bad egg can spoil the bunch, imagine the damage one rotten landfill can do,” Yost previously said. “The people of Fostoria don’t have to imagine that stench. They’ve lived through it and it’s our hope the settlement will offer a breath of much needed fresh air.”

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