NEWBURYPORT — A Boston-based company hopes to place more than 4,500 solar panels on top of a closed landfill on Colby Farm Lane, but city officials have concerns about the site, which has not been sealed by its owner.
The site, often referred to as the "Crow Lane landfill," is owned by New Ventures, which capped the site after the company stopped adding trash to it in 2009. But in the years since, decaying material in the landfill has continued to emit foul odors and irritate neighbors.
Vapors from the decay are vented through pipes and burned off by flares, but the flares have occasionally gone out, causing the smelly vapors to waft through the area. New Ventures is under a court order to close and seal the landfill to the satisfaction of state environmental officials. (read more)
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