Residents meet to discuss odor from Winnebago Landfill

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — For the first time, residents who live near the Winnebago Landfill met Thursday night at Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 23 to discuss the odor with a lawyer.

Over 150 residents residents showed up to voice their concerns and ask Chicago personal injury lawyer Glen Dunn questions in regards to a potential lawsuit.

“Stop the odor,” concerned resident David DeBlauw said. “Do what you have to do, even if it means closing the facility down for six months and make it right.”

DeBlauw has been working for awhile to get a lawyer to come speak to residents.

After hearing residents concerns, Dunn told 13 News that he believes what the Winnebago Landfill is doing is illegal.

“Under Illinois landfill regulations, any off-site odors are a violation,” Dunn explained. “So, what we have to find out is, why the odors are there?”

Dunn also said he would represent residents on a contingency-basis and had forms at the meeting for residents to fill out in the event he does bring a lawsuit against the facility. He explained to residents this is the first step of a very long process.

If you couldn’t make it tonight, Dunn will be back Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 23 to answer any questions or concerns.

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