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Citizens skeptical about plan to stop landfill smell

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A Rutherford County landfill nicknamed “Mount Trashmore” was the center of a heated meeting Thursday night.

Dozens met at Walter Hill Elementary School to hear from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation of the Middle Point Landfill.

"It's embarrassing, and other folks say it, too. They have visitors come over and they are like, ‘Gosh, how do you stand this?’ We shouldn't have to deal with that,” Steve Ayers said.

To reduce odor, TDEC has promised to limit landfill routes, install a larger misting system to cover up the smell and speed up final cover on areas of the landfill that are full.

The entire landfill is expected to close within the next five to eight years, but then what?

“Our belief is they are going to expand yet again. They've got room to do it,” Ayers said.

It’s not just the smell. Carter Ann Haney said safety is also major concern.

“I don't know how many times my car has been hit with rocks, how many times when I want to turn down my street I have swerve from hitting big bricks and stones,” Haney said.

The debate over the dump has been going on for so long, Ayers said it's hard not to be skeptical.

“Most people in this area have thrown their hands up and said, ‘We've talked and we've shouted and we can't get anything done about it,’” he said.

Meanwhile, TDEC promises it is taking every complaint seriously.

Another public forum to address landfill issues as a whole will be held March 15. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Kelly's Chapel Church in Murfreesboro.

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