The county’s Air Pollution Control District says an air analysis shows that odors are wafting into surrounding neighborhoods from the Miramar Landfill. The city did its own review of the county’s study, and that determined the origin of the odors to be inconclusive.
University City and Clairemont residents might see something curious outside their homes as of late: city officials walking through their neighborhoods, noses in the air, sniffing for offensive odors.
Each morning last month, city workers were walking the streets in those communities to smell the air – a response to an influx of smell complaints from residents who believe nasty odors are invading from the nearby city-owned Miramar Landfill.
Michael Thompson, deputy director of the city’s Waste Reduction and Disposal Division, said there have been more complaints filed against the landfill this calendar year than “we have ever received in 50 years.”
The complaints have led to a standoff between the city, which owns the landfill, and a county regulatory agency that blamed the city for the foul smell. The city says there’s no evidence that its landfill is responsible. The two sides are dug in.
While the city and county debate, two law firms have stepped into the fray and are ready to sue the city. They’re recruiting University City and Clairemont residents to join a class-action suit.