Source of strong gas smell identified in Poland

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POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Authorities have identified the source of a strong gas odor which has drawn calls from people all over the Mahoning Valley Friday morning.

Valley police and fire departments, as well as Dominion East Ohio Gas, have pinpointed the source of the odor as being Carbon Limestone Landfill in Poland Township.

Carbon Limestone Landfill Division Manager Mike Heher  said the plant has 300 gas wells on the property. They collect the gas and burn it to turn into electricity to power 18,000 homes per day, Heher said.

Due to the cold weather, the pumps inside the gas wells that separate the gas from the liquid froze up, and Carbon Limestone Landfill is in the process of repairing them. The gas is made of 52% methane, 46 % carbon dioxide, and the rest is contaminates from the landfill, which cause the odor, according to Heher.

Heher said that the chemicals are not harmful to breathe in.

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