Lower Melville Wood landfill was inspected on 14 February 2018. Pockets of landfill gas were detected at the base of the western and northern slopes of Phase 4, Cells 1 & 2. The site manager was made aware of this after the inspection.
All of the seven new boreholes are now connected to the gas management system. SEPA are undertaking two odour assessments per week. Sometimes landfill gas has been detected during these assessments but it has not been regarded as being ‘offensive’. The detection of landfill gas emissions varies depending on atmospheric conditions.
A Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) plan has been received (02 February 2018) from Fife Council’s consultants for the capping of Phase 4, Cells 1 & 2. SEPA is currently assessing the proposals and will make comment shortly. Once the CQA plan is agreed, contractors will be installing a capping layer. This should reduce the fugitive landfill gas emissions.
Some material is required for completion of the cells in Phase 4, cells 1 & 2 to build up the height for capping work. However, most landfilling is now taking place in Phase 3, Cell 2 which is located close to the wind turbine.
I have spoken to Michael Lee this morning. Michael is one of the site managers at Lower Melville Wood Landfill. He advises that the infilling of Phase 4 is nearly complete and this should be finished within 2-3 weeks.
If you experience any offensive odours from the landfill please contact me at the Glenrothes office on 01592 776910.