News Release 360

Fulton Sanitary Landfill notifies neighbors of methane issues

Volume 38-360 (For Immediate Release)
Contact:   Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 18, 2010 – The City of Fulton has notified property owners near the Fulton Sanitary Landfill in Callaway County of the possibility of methane gas migration in the area, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today. 

The city oversees the Fulton Sanitary Landfill, which covers approximately 80 acres located at 6797 County Road 305.  The city provided notification letters to property owners within 1,000 feet of monitoring wells exhibiting methane levels above regulatory limits.  The city previously notified adjacent property owners, but is expanding their notification area as an additional precautionary measure at the request of the department. 

The Department of Natural Resources has been working with the landfill on methane issues since 2000.  In an attempt to control the migration, the city installed passively vented wells in 2003 and 2004, and an active gas extraction system in 2008.   Despite these actions, the concentrations continue to exceed the regulatory limits.

In May 2010, the department issued a notice of violation to the city as methane levels in several monitoring wells were found in excess of the regulatory limits.  The department continues to work with Fulton as it develops and implements a strategy to address the migration and return to compliance with the Missouri Solid Waste Management Law. 

Landfill gas is a term for a mixture of gases, including methane, carbon dioxide and trace constituents of other contaminants that are byproducts of the decomposition of waste.  The concern about landfill gas migrating from the landfill is that methane is explosive within a certain range of concentrations, which is between 5 percent and 15 percent by volume.

Methane is colorless and odorless.  The Department of Natural Resources encourages nearby property owners to be aware of the potential for methane migration in the area and cooperate with the city of Fulton as they conduct methane monitoring and provide methane detectors to those within the notification area.

For additional information, contact the Department of Natural Resources’ Solid Waste Management Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5401 or visit the department’s website at dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp/methane.htm.

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