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jtryan Feb 22, 2013 06:28 PM
Dear All,
I live nearby to a Landfill site in the south of the UK. The Landfill over the years has caused issues with noise and air pollution however over the past 9 months the smell from the site has become unbearable. The operator says this is due to unseasonal wet weather and a slow fill rate. Although they have been capping the open cell as they go they have stated there is nothing else they can do until the cell is full, closed and capped. Over the past six months my family and I have all started suffering ill health including an increase in respiratory infections, headaches, nausea, skin irritation, tiredness, lethargy, itchy eyes and nose and nosebleeds.
If you happen to be down wind of the site the smell is present at all times. I live upwind of the usual prevailing wind so my family get the lions share. The smell has been reported up to 2 1/2 miles from the site. The UK Environment Agency, the HSE, The District and County Councils all refuse to take any action against the operators stating only that the problem is intermittent and that the Operators have a previous exemplary record. We have contacted our local MP to attempt to get some weight behind our grievance. I have attached the Gas analysis from the EA for the site from March 2012 (before the issue escalated to being unbearable) I would be grateful for any comments on the quantities of these pollutants in relation to other sites across Europe.
Any help anyone could give would be appreciated.
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jtryan Feb 22, 2013 06:30 PM
Unfortunately I cannot attach the gas report but I am happy to supply to anyone who is interested.
EEA Feb 27, 2013 12:47 PM
Dear Jtryan,

As you may know, the EEA has no legal mandate for providing legal or technical assistance for legal complaints and no powers of investigation.
The European Commission is responsible for ensuring that Community law is correctly applied and anyone may lodge a complaint with the Commission against a Member State. To be admissible, a complaint has to relate to an infringement of Community law by a Member State.
Anyone who considers lodging a complaint with the Commission is also invited to seek redress from the national administrative or judicial authorities (including the national or regional ombudsman and/or arbitration and conciliation procedures available).
Internet and postal addresses of relevant national authorities can be obtained at:

At the following links, you can read more about European Commission infringement proceedings for non-compliance with Community law Principles.
Making a complaint:[…]/your_rights_forms_en.htm
Exercise your rights:[…]/your_rights_en.htm

The EEA has published a number of reports that you may also find interesting:
- Material resources and waste – 2012 update ([…]/material-resources-and-waste-2014)
- Waste opportunities – Past and future climate benefits from better municipal waste management in Europe ([…]/waste-opportunities-84-past-and)
- Big potential of cutting greenhouse gases from waste (highlight article -[…]/big-potential-of-cutting-greenhouse)

The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register – E-PRTR ( provide easy access to data regarding off-site transfers of waste and pollutants in waste water from a list of 91 pollutants including heavy metals, pesticides, greenhouse gases and dioxins. A search of pollutant release by industrial activity (such as Waste and Waste water management sector – Landfills activities) is possible at