Odor ebbs near landfill but rises els...

Odor ebbs near landfill but rises elsewhere

There are 55 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 20, 2008, titled Odor ebbs near landfill but rises elsewhere. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Residents of Hillside and those driving through eagerly await the completion of a cap designed to stifle the stench from an adjacent landfill that has triggered headaches, nausea and general disgust for years.

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A Neighbor

United States

#1 Apr 20, 2008
From the article: "I did smell a bad odor in the area once," said Jill Horist, a spokeswoman for the water reclamation district. "I looked out my car window and saw the racetrack. Maybe it's the horses," she said.

Ms. Horist must not have any smell sensation if she can honestly say she has smelled that smell only once. I think she probably is a great liar.
Doug

Highland Park, IL

#2 Apr 20, 2008
Actually the worst odor in Chicagoland is that emanating from the mayor's office.
Reverse Commuter

United States

#3 Apr 20, 2008
While I can empathize with the Cicero and Hillside neighbors, in my opinion, both stenches have decreased significantly in the last few years. I grew up playing baseball for the West Cicero Berwyn league and the diamonds (located south of Pershing between Lombard and Ridgeland) are adjacent to the Stickney plant. The rancid smells emanated throughout the spring and summer; warmer days increasing the smells more than others. For the last four years I have had the pleasure of reverse commuting from the city to the 'burbs for work, and the bottleneck effect of the 290/88 merge afternoon rush was heightened by the sickening smells oozing from the landfill.
Really, both smells are unique in their own right, and hard to describe without experiencing.
John

Chicago, IL

#6 Apr 21, 2008
A Neighbor wrote:
From the article: "I did smell a bad odor in the area once," said Jill Horist, a spokeswoman for the water reclamation district. "I looked out my car window and saw the racetrack. Maybe it's the horses," she said.
Ms. Horist must not have any smell sensation if she can honestly say she has smelled that smell only once. I think she probably is a great liar.
I agree, that woman cannot be serious or just moved here the day she was quoted....I can remember back to my childhood and dreading my parents driving passed there. I thought I remember hearing in the last five years or so that facility would be closed, dredged out, and become a water storage facility for the Deep TUnnel.
Butch

Winnetka, IL

#7 Apr 21, 2008
What do you expect from a waste water plant?
Matt

Round Lake, IL

#8 Apr 21, 2008
Grayslake dosent smell great either...gotta love the landfills...Fox Lake stinks too, gotta love the water treatment plants.
Tom H

Joliet, IL

#9 Apr 21, 2008
Reverse Commuter wrote:
While I can empathize with the Cicero and Hillside neighbors, in my opinion, both stenches have decreased significantly in the last few years.
This statement can't be applied to the Hillside landfill. For the past two years, the stench has been so bad that it almost makes you gag driving by on I-290. I can only imagine what it was like for the people living nearby; my office is only about 1 mile away to the SE but luckily a NW wind is not very common so it didn't bother us.

The biggest problem in Hillside wasn't the landfill itself, it was the methane reclamation system; the company operating it was in bankruptcy but still controlled it as an asset. Even though it was in disrepair and "leaked", the contract couldn't be awarded to anyone else nor could anyone else work on it.

Evidently that problem has been resolved coincident with the closure of the landfill; had it not been taken care of, the "stinkiness" would likely have continued in spite of the landfill being capped.

It really was very bad; almost unimaginably bad on some days.
H Shah

Elmhurst, IL

#12 Apr 21, 2008
Are these towns paid to host these plants? Clearly, everyone in Chicagoland benefits from these plants. I hope the system adequately compensates people who make these sacrifices.
Max

Lisle, IL

#14 Apr 21, 2008
Why not use the methane to create electrical energy, as done in California? It could possibly create enough electricity for the residents in the communities around the landfill (and perhaps others as well), who put up with the odor for years?
Tim

Batavia, IL

#18 Apr 21, 2008
Tom H wrote:
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The biggest problem in Hillside wasn't the landfill itself, it was the methane reclamation system; the company operating it was in bankruptcy but still controlled it as an asset. Even though it was in disrepair and "leaked", the contract couldn't be awarded to anyone else nor could anyone else work on it.
Evidently that problem has been resolved coincident with the closure of the landfill; ...
Yep, you're pretty much right on track there. Plenty of info at landfillclosing.com , including this page about the methane system:

http://www.landfillclosing.com/ap_2.php
JolietBob

Naperville, IL

#19 Apr 21, 2008
Ah the smell of "stinkey" Stickney in the good ole summer time. Living in that region for a good part of my life, I think I aquired a tollerance to the stench. Now, whenever I drive past on I-55, the smell reminds me of my youth.
Tattoo Rosie

Memphis, TN

#20 Apr 21, 2008
Used to take 294 each day on my way to Lombard in the early 90s. Just past where it crossed I-55 there was a smell that always smelled like old french fries. Good to wake up to in the moring.
ChuckC

Lemont, IL

#21 Apr 21, 2008
560 words to say that it stinks near a landfill and near a sewage treatment plant.

I eagerly await the investigative report about the noisy area bordered by 55th, 63rd, Cicero, and Central.
The Hoffs

United States

#22 Apr 21, 2008
"I did smell a bad odor in the area once," said Jill Horist, a spokeswoman for the water reclamation district. "I looked out my car window and saw the racetrack. Maybe it's the horses," she said, referring to Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 S. Laramie Ave.

Seriously? Are you kidding me? Us Stickney residents know the smell goes with the territory, but we still chose to live there. We just pray for a northwest wind (can't have that Argo Corn Plant smell either). We don't, however, choose to live on whatever planet you are currently on.
Oh well

Plainfield, IL

#23 Apr 21, 2008
The reson Hillside and Cicero stink so bad is so blind people can get an idea of how [email protected] those towns really are.
dooper

Chicago, IL

#24 Apr 21, 2008
Sewers in downtown Chicago are pretty bad right now, too.
Broadcast Ace

Saint Paul, MN

#25 Apr 21, 2008
What Max said...
Delivery Guy

United States

#26 Apr 21, 2008
The Sanitary canal just smells like farts and crap -- anybody that says they can't deal with that is lying. You don't smell like roses when you're in the can, either.

The smell from the Hillside dump is a different category all its own -- rotting zucchini, plus dead fish, plus vomit extracted from exhumed corpses, plus raw crap -- that would be my guess.
Roy

United States

#28 Apr 21, 2008
Years ago, in Villa Park and Elmhurst - you'd either get the smell from the Ovaltine factory, or the sewage treatment plant a few blocks away, depending on the wind. At least one was pleasant.
Concerned Viewer

Schaumburg, IL

#31 Apr 21, 2008
Oh well wrote:
The reson Hillside and Cicero stink so bad is so blind people can get an idea of how [email protected] those towns really are.
What a surprise...someone from Dupage who thinks their sh*t don't stink.

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