Smell from High Acres Landfill seeping into classrooms


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    PENINTON, NY (WHAM) - A distinct smell is raising concern for parents in at a local school.

    Something smelly is making it's way into classrooms at Dudley Elementary School in Fairport. "The first time I smelled it, it smelled like a farm was nearby, which I know is not the case," said Dane Rollins, a parent.

    Rollins' daughter attends the school.

    The stench kids smell is coming from the High Acres Landfill, less than three miles away.

    "I think it can be concerning to the learning environment, maybe a distraction and maybe also the fumes. I'm curious if that could harm the children," Rollins added.

    Fairport Central School District Superintendent Brett Provenzano said it's a distraction for teachers and students. For the past week, he's received two separate complaints about the smell. He said even parents are speaking up about it.

    "I'm being told it's the hydrogen sulfide. It sort of smells like rotten eggs," he said.

    The smell of rotten eggs is making its way into classrooms. Provenzano said it's not stopping kids from learning or playing outside.

    "My number one concern: Is it a health and safety risk? I have been reassured that it is not," he added.

    He said Waste Management admits the odor is usually high and is working with a toxicologist to make sure the smell isn't harmful to students.

    "They've said that we will deal with this, and it is their number one priority to eradicate the smell," he said.

    "Waste Management has taken this problem very seriously. There is activity going on as we speak with constructors." said Steve Poggi, Area Director of Operations for Waste Management.

    "Our plans are really to have a majority of the work done by the end of January, so that's a target we are focusing on," he added.

    Parents are happy to hear the smell will soon be a thing of the past.

    "I think it's great that it's being taken care of so quickly, and it's reassuring that they are caring about the environment for our children's learning," said Rollins.

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