NEW MILFORD - The Winnebago
Landfill has been given the initial go-ahead to begin expanding its boundaries,
but neighbors against the expansion are still fighting to stop it. Concerned residents in New Milford and the
area surrounding the landfill crowded
"I personally have been having health issues," said Kristin Ricker.
Ricker helped to organize Tuesday night's meeting.
"My husband has health issues and other neighbors I know have health issues because of the particulate matter that floats," said Ricker.
Ricker claims the smell from the landfill actually burns her throat and nostrils. She says the landfill's metal burners are practically in her backyard, making living difficult. Ricker's concerned that others that she's unaware of, may too be experiencing health problems. That prompted her to circulate a list, gathering information of others who think they too have developed problems due to the landfill.
"My husband and I used to live in another part of town and when we moved out here in 2011 there's been a noticeable change in his respiratory problems and my respiratory problems and other neighbors," said Ricker.
Ricker says over 90 people signed that sheet asking residents if they believe they have health issues that stem from the landfill.
But even if the "stink" isn't an actual health concern, neighbors say the odor from the landfill is simply unbearable.
everyday," said Linda K. Krause, a
"You can't have a picnic outside, you can't cook outside, you can't even close the windows and keep the odor out."
Krause says she
receives complaints everyday from New
"The people that voted for this expansion, they don't live out here," said Krause. "They need to come out here and see what goes on."
The group was updated on the appeal of the landfill expansion that was filed by Marty Maggio, at Tuesday night's meeting. People in attendance were told the process is moving along slowly.