Sunny Farms Landfill reaches settlement with state

Toledo Blade | Liz Skalka

Two state agencies have reached a nearly $4 million settlement with the operators of a long embattled and malodorous Seneca County landfill.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that Sunny Farms Landfill has agreed to pay $1.71 million in civil penalties to resolve what is characterized as “alleged violations of past water pollution, solid waste and air pollution control laws.”

The landfill operators will also pay $2.01 million for “under-reported and mischaracterized fees associated with waste entering landfill facilities,” the attorney general’s office said in a news release.

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

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