Perinton, N.Y. (WHAM) - More than 200 people living near the High Acres landfill in Perinton have filed a lawsuit against Waste Management about the smell coming from the landfill.
The complaint was filed in federal court on Tuesday and seeks an injunction to enforce the permits for the landfill over alleged regulation violations. The complaint alleges "negligent, intentional, wrongful, and/or illegal non-discretionary acts and/or omissions on the part of [Waste Management] to adequately install, maintain, and operate the landfill gas collection system at the Landfill and the receipt and negligent management by [Waste Management] of large volumes of odorous municipal solid waste."
People living in Fairport, Macedon and the surrounding areas are part of the lawsuit against Waste Management of New York LLC.
"Waste Management appears incapable of managing the massive volume of 'cooked' garbage from NYC, which travels here in train cars for more than 350 miles and bakes along the way causing excessive odors when the seals are opened,"said Gary McNeil, President of Fresh Air for the Eastside. "NYC needs to find a more sustainable way to manage its odorous waste closer to home."
Fresh Air for the Eastside is a grassroots community group created in 2017 for people living in areas impacted by High Acres Landfill.
“We continue to work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the host communities to ensure compliance with all of our permits. We have not reviewed the complaint and have no comment at this time," said Lori Caso, a spokesperson for Waste Management.