Yenni: Contract related to odor in JP breached, employee resigns

Officials expected to address foul odor in JP

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson parish officials said they are taking swift action to address a foul odor affecting River Ridge and Harahan residents.

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni said that IESI, the company with the contract to oversee the landfill for the parish, has not been properly handling liquid garbage.

Yenni said the company was in breach of their contract related to the odors.

According to Yenni, an employee overseeing the landfill has resigned.

Yenni has requested the IG's office to investigate a side letter that was signed during the John Young administration related to the handling of the garbage.

The DEQ said the parish could be fined over the situation and has been given a compliance order.

The odor was caused by IESI failing to maintain the leachate minimization in the landfill, according to Yenni.

Leachate is the liquid that drains from the landfill. Leachate must be drained properly or it obstructs the capture of methane gas.

The parish has hired it's own consultants who are on site cleaning wells.

A state air monitoring report showed two chemicals were detected coming from landfills. Those chemicals were hydrogen sulfide and methane.

The lab reports that the amount of those chemicals shouldn't harm anyone.

The parish asked the landfill to stop accepting liquid industrial waste early this month as a potential solution, but the smell persisted.

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