An existing landfill drew the Ohio EPA to Amsterdam last night. The meeting was scheduled long before the recent Crossridge controversy.

It began as a meeting to talk about the engineering of a temporary cover over 80 acres at the APEX Landfill.

OEPA officials say when completed in the next twelve months, it could cut the stench in half or better.

For some at the meeting it wasn’t about the project itself, but a perceived violation by APEX. The company has already begun installing the new cover, without permit from the OEPA.

Many pushed for some sort of permanent air monitoring system run by the Ohio EPA. The last air quality check by the agency was done in 2013.

About 17 acres of that mesh has already been constructed. When complete, it will cover areas of garbage more than 1,400 feet tall.