Illinois EPA slaps Winnebago Landfill with fines for odors, gas control

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency slaps the Winnebago Landfill with more violations over noxious odors seeping from the site.

Courtesy: Winnebago Landfill (winnebagolandfill.com)

The state accuses landfill managers of several violations, including failure to control waste gas emissions.

Experts say that gas, hydrogen sulfide, causes breathing problems, nausea and headaches. They say the gas may smell like rotten eggs.

Illinois leaders want the landfill to create a system to control the gas, pay fines of $50,000 for every violation, plus an extra $10,000 each day until the issue is fixed.

The Winnebago Landfill is located just south of New Milford at 8403 Lindenwood Rd.