Iowa neighbors complain of landfill odor in homes

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Residents of a neighborhood near Fort Dodge blame landfill odors for a string of illnesses, but Iowa officials say they haven’t found proof the smell is invading homes.

The Fort Dodge Messenger reports ( ) residents of the Coleman District blame wastewater from a regional landfill that’s being carried through their neighborhood’s sanitary sewers for a variety of problems.

Robert Pingel Jr. says he and his neighbors think their headaches, sore throats and occasional burning sensation in their eyes are linked to landfill wastewater being piped through area sanitary sewers.

Cindy Turkle, interim director of the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency, says many residents of the neighborhood have refused to allow officials into their homes. Turkle says that makes it hard to determine what’s causing the problem.


Information from: The Messenger,

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