The city of Pearland’s Odor Task Force is hosting a meeting on February 8th to give some updates on the saga of the Shadow Creek Ranch stench, the Chronicle‘s Margaret Kadifa reports. The map above shows industrial sites noted by the TCEQ in the vicinity of the master-planned community during the environmental agency’s long-running search for the source of the odor. Early last summer the come-and-go smell was finally officially linked to emissions from the slowly rising Blue Ridge Landfill, which sits across FM 521 from the subdivision, just outside the Pearland border in Fresno, TX. The agency says that 81 investigations had been launched in response to more than 1,900 complaints from the neighborhood, as of January 1st; TCEQ started sending enforcement letters to the landfill in October, and a class action lawsuit on behalf of area residents was filed in November.
- Pearland To Hold Public Meeting on Odor [Houston Chronicle]
- Pearland Odor Complaints Fact Sheet [TCEQ]
- Blue Ridge Landfill near Pearland Cited for ‘Nuisance’ Odor Violation [Community Impact]
- Previously on Swamplot: TCEQ Takes 26th Crack at Solving Stench Mystery in Landfill-Adjacent Shadow Creek Ranch; Blue Ridge Landfill Settlement: Shadow Creek Ranch’s New Race Against Waste; Raising a Bigger Stink: Shadow Creek Ranch Residents Still Fighting 170-Foot Uphill Battle; Hurricane Detection System To Be Blocked by 170-Foot-High Pile of Garbage
Map of industrial sites and air sampling locations around Shadow Creek Ranch: TCEQ
Pearland may be passing up Stinkadena for worst smelling area of town.
Getdowndena, smelled like money. Affairland, smells like stale dog farts.
From the link http://swamplot.com/hurricane-detection-system-to-be-blocked-by-170-foot-high-pile-of-garbage/2007-04-20/
The developers sure knew there was a big stink growing. I wonder how many residents bothered to check what was nearby before buying in Shadow-of-the-landfill Ranch? Or do they only care how nice things are INSIDE the gate?
You couldn’t pay me to live in Pearland! Almost bought a home there and so glad I didn’t!!
Gee, who would ever have thought that there might be problems from building a master-planned development next door to a thousand-acre landfill?
Two words: due diligence
On some nights, I can smell that landfill from Westbury. I know we need landfills; I shop at Ikea. But they need to Febreeze that thing.
Don’t want to smell a stinky landfill? Don’t move next to one!
You can actually live near landfills without incident. Wildcat Golf Course is actually built on one. The problem is Republic Waste did not permanently cap a closed cell and hasn’t properly invested in and maintained the equipment that is supposed to keep odors from escaping.