Central Missouri landfill notifies neighboring residents of methane

Monday, March 1, 2010 | 10:58 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — A waste company has notified residents in central Missouri about the possibility of increased methane gases coming from one of its landfills in Sedalia.

The state Department of Natural Resources said Friday that Waste Corporation of Missouri owns and operates the Central Missouri Landfill. Only one person lives within a 1,000-foot radius of the well with elevated methane levels.

The department said it's the first time that methane has been detected in a monitoring well at that landfill. The reading was above the regulatory limit but below the lower explosive limit.

Methane is an odorless, colorless gas and the byproduct of the decomposition of waste.


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