The smell of rotten eggs permanently haunts homes in southern Greenville County and it’s all because of the Twin Chimneys Landfill.
The odor is so bad that local and state leaders, as well as affected families, met Thursday night to find a solution.
They say the rotten egg odor is caused by the large amount of rain and residents say you can actually smell it from about 5 miles away.
County Environmental Engineers want to capture the gas from the landfill and convert it into energy.
They were already planning to do that in July, but now, they’ll start next month.
Environmental officials say it’ll take three months for the smell to dissipate.
“The reason the odor has become so noticeable and you all know this as well, is we’ve had an exorbitant amount of rain in this area in the last 90 days. Far and above anything we’ve experienced before,” says Susan Harrison, Greenville County Environmental Engineer.
Greenville County Councilman Lynn Ballard represents this area and says a certain amount of gas must be produced before capturing it.