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Update on Arbor Hills

Dear Northville Public Schools and Ridge Wood Elementary School families,

On October 25, 2019, Northville Public Schools received notice of a Consent Agreement and Final Order between the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Advanced Disposal Services that includes a requirement that Advanced Disposal Services “install a hydrogen sulfide monitor at or near the Ridge Wood Elementary School at 49775 Six Mile Road, Northville, Michigan.” The order further states, “The operation of the monitor must: continue for at least 5 years; be performed by a third party; and have real time monitoring results that are publicly available.” Additional mitigating projects and civil penalties are detailed in the order. A full copy of the Consent Agreement and Final Order is attached below.
 
The wellbeing and safety of our students, staff and school community is of utmost importance to Northville Public Schools. The district fully supports this mitigation action, and has requested to be an active participant in the decision of its placement and location of a hydrogen sulfide monitor at or near Ridge Wood Elementary School. A copy of the District’s communication to Advanced Disposal Services is also attached below, for your information. 

Please note that the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has the latest information regarding Arbor Hills Landfill on their website michigan.gov/ArborHills, including a July - October 2019 Summary of Actions. EGLE reports that several violation notices have been issued, and that they are taking escalating enforcement actions.
 
You may contact EGLE directly with any complaints, comments or concerns via the EGLE Online Odor Complaint Form. Under the “Complaints/Concerns” heading, you can find this and other ways you may contact either Arbor Hills or EGLE directly.
 
Up-to-date information about the Salem Township Arbor Hills landfill, including background information, invasive odors, how to report odor issues, and agency enforcement notices is also available on the Northville Township website.
 
The district will continue to advocate for a timely resolution of the air monitoring directive.