Arbor Hills Energy LLC Agrees to Reduce Odors, Pay a Settlement

Arbor Hills Energy LLC Agrees to Reduce Odors, Pay a Settlement

Arbor Hills Energy LLC to Reduce Odors, Pay a Settlement
Posted on 09/10/2021
Arbor Hills Energy LLC Agrees to Reduce Odors, Pay a SettlementArbor Hills Energy LCC (AHE), has agreed to significantly reduce, if not eliminate, its odor-causing sulfur dioxide emissions in a settlement with the United States Department of Justice, the EPA and the state of Michigan.

It also agreed to pay two $375,000 fines — one to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and another to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

“We are happy these matters are being resolved,” said Northville Township Supervisor Mark J. Abbo. “Our expectation is a clean, healthy environment for our residents and this is a start.”

By March 2023, Arbor Hills Energy, under the settlement, will either construct a renewable natural gas facility that converts landfill gas into pipeline-quality natural gas or install a sulfur treatment system that achieves a 64 percent reduction in SO2 emissions. Either pathway will bring Arbor Hills into compliance with the Clean Air Act and mitigate past excess SO2 emissions, the EPA said. 

“This settlement makes important progress in improving air quality near the AHE Facility,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. “My office is also addressing air pollution from the adjacent landfill in the case I filed on behalf of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) in 2020 against the landfill owner. Combined, when completed, this work will dramatically improve the impact both facilities have had on the surrounding communities.”
Northville Township, which is located across the county line from the Arbor Hills Landfill, has experienced ongoing noxious odors since December 2015. 

“This action is a long time in the making,” Supervisor Abbo said. “We are grateful to the Justice Department, the EPA and the state of Michigan for the progress made in helping our great community.”

The Township is in separate ongoing discussions with Arbor Hills regarding improving future operations. 

The current settlement is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval. It will be available for viewing at https://www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-decree/us-et-al-v-arbor-hills-energy-llc.

To view the consent decree and the complaint, visit the attachments at https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-epa-and-state-michigan-reach-clean-air-act-settlement-arbor-hills-energy.