A dump known for sparking concerns from Milpitas residents over its stinky odors must fork over roughly a quarter million dollars in air quality fines. Full story here.
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Air District funding deep data analysis of mysterious odor in Milpitas
A molecular-level study is going to be launched to pinpoint a mysterious odor that has fouled Milpitas neighborhoods for years. Despite past studies, it has been difficult to pinpoint the source or sources. Full story here.
Milpitas studying why it stinks so bad – Curbed SF
The city of Milpitas stinks—and it’s determined to find out why. Milpitas wants to find out which of several nearby waste facilities, like this one, might be behind the town’s signature odor.
OPINION: We Must Get Rid of The Smell – The Milpitas Beat
First off, let me make something absolutely clear:I hate the word “smell.” I doubt any person of reason loves it. I hate it because of what it evokes. To me, when I think of “smell”, I think of gross smells. Bad smells. Annoying smells. “Odors” and “fragrances”, in contrast, evoke something far
Source: OPINION: We Must Get Rid of The Smell – The Milpitas Beat
The Smell Beat: August 15, 2018 – The Milpitas Beat
Yesterday was a busy one for The Milpitas Smell, a topic my nostrils have forced me to grow passionate about.Since recent data has shown that almost 100% of the people in Milpitas have noses, I continue to be convinced that I’m not alone in this…In the morning, the City of Milpitas Engineeri
Milpitas: San Jose planners allow Newby Island Landfill expansion
San Jose Planning Commission voted 5-0 Wednesday to allow a nearly 100-foot vertical expansion to the Newby Island Landfill.
Source: Milpitas: San Jose planners allow Newby Island Landfill expansion
If we want to combat climate change, we must re-engineer our landfills | Waste Dive
Renewable energy expert Adrian Tylim discusses the urgent need for immediate and extensive landfill makeovers.
Source: If we want to combat climate change, we must re-engineer our landfills | Waste Dive
Over 100 protest against Santa Clara County landfill | abc7news.com
Over 100 protesters showed up in force to try and shut down a Santa Clara County landfill they say is harmful to their health.
Source: Over 100 protest against Santa Clara County landfill | abc7news.com
Milpitas residents rally against landfill expansion
Anyone who drives on Freeway I-880 through Milpitas is frequently assaulted by foul odors that vary in intensity with the time of day, wind and humidity. But Milpitas residents face these smells every day in and around their homes and schools, and when they go about their daily errands.
The source of the unpleasant smells is the Newby Island Landfill operated by Republic Services. The winds blowing through the Golden Gate move in a southeasterly direction over the Tri-Cities Landfill, then the larger Newby Island Landfill, and finally through central Milpitas.
On Sunday morning, September 18, some 200 Milpitas residents said, ÒEnough is enough,Ó and ÒDump the dump.Ó They marched along Dixon Landing Road from Milpitas Boulevard to the entrance of the Newby Island Landfill.
While Milpitas residents have been upset with the foul odors for decades, they had become particularly alarmed by Republic ServicesÕ proposal to extend the lifetime of the landfill and composting facility from 2025 to 2041 by raising the height limit from 150 feet to 245 feet. The City of Milpitas has appealed to the San Jose Planning Commission to reconsider the planned expansion. Newby Island lies within San Jose city limits.
Milpitas residents, many of whom had never before engaged in a protest march, had been pressuring the Milpitas City Council to take action in an attempt to block the landfill expansion.
The Newby Island Landfill, operated by Republic Services, is currently reaching its maximum capacity, but unlike more than 44 landfill operations around the San Francisco Bay that were closed when they reached their maximum capacity, Republic is requesting approval for an expansion that would increase capacity by 15 million cubic yards. Newby Island is the largest and one of the last remaining landfills around the San Francisco Bay.
According to data from a state government organization, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, on odor complaints, Newby has received 10 public nuisance tickets, 17 notices of violation, and over 7,000 odor complaints in two years. Because of the push from SVFBC (Silicon Valley Foundation for Better Community), San Francisco Water Board listed 1,4-dioxane as the new item to be tested. From test results for 2015, the SF Water Board found that groundwater contamination is already occurring and is bound to worsen. It hopes to convince the San Jose Planning Commission and City Council that new evidence of ground water contamination and an overwhelming number of odor complaints show that a new Environmental Impact Report (EIR) should be required.
Milpitas residents have complained that the landfill operations not only produce a foul smell but also pollute the air and contribute to airborne particulates with unknown health consequences. They support a new EIR, one that they expect will confirm their complaints of hazards to livelihood, health and environment. Milpitas homeowners are also distressed that the incessant odors depress the resale value of homes.
Jennifer Strohfus, Arzhang Kalbali and other Milpitas residents organizing with SVFBC have been fighting to halt the Newby Landfill expansion for almost two years.
Some protesters are demanding, ÒNo expansion, no exception.Ó Arzhang Kalbali says that SVFBC is advocating a ban on all landfills located in urban areas. Jennifer Strohfus points out that we should all be consuming less and creating less garbage, to approach zero waste.
Originally opened in the 1930s, the Newby Island Landfill was once surrounded by vacant land and open fields. Now it is rapidly becoming surrounded by urban development in Milpitas, Fremont, and San Jose.
Milpitas: Judge finalizes settlement in class-action suit over alleged landfill odors – Mercury News
Republic Services agrees to provide $2 million in odor mitigation measures over next five years
Source: Milpitas: Judge finalizes settlement in class-action suit over alleged landfill odors – Mercury News