Middle Point Update on Community Reporting and Odor Investigations

Oct 19, 2020 at 09:30 am by WGNS

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The team at Middle Point Landfill has continued to collect data and respond to reports regarding off-site odor. The ongoing community reporting has helped identify clusters of odor reports and eliminate potential sources for on-site odor.

In the last week, Middle Point has received 98 reports of potential off-site odor. 62 of those reports could not be investigated by the on-site team, either because they were not provided in real time or close to real time, or because they did not provide enough specific location information. Of reports that were able to be inspected by the on-site team, 14 were considered to have been potentially attributable to on-site operations and 22 were believed to be attributed to non-landfill sources or could not be detected by the on-site team.

Middle Point is continuing to collect data and map reports to establish reporting clusters to determine the source or sources of odor as quickly as possible.

The community is encouraged to continue sharing as much information on specific odor reports in as close to real time as possible with the landfill team via the Middle Point website at https://middlepointlandfill.com/. The more data the team has, the better. When submitting a report, please include:

  • Location (address, cross streets or landmark) where odor is detected
  • Time of day when odor is detected
  • Weather or wind conditions at the time
  • Identifying any other potential sources or infrastructure in the vicinity
  • Description of the type of odor detected (sewer, trash, gas or other)
  • Potency of the odor detected (from 1 [barely detectable] to 5 [high])

“We appreciate everyone who has taken the time to share detailed reporting with our team and encourage the community to keep at it,” Jernigan said. “We continue to respond to every actionable report and those data points gets the community closer to answers.”


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