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What’s that Smell? DEP receives complaints

March 28. 2014 10:23AM

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WILKES-BARRE — A strong odor was detected in the Wyoming Valley Thursday afternoon prompting more than 150 complaints to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The odor is consistent with manure.

Colleen Connolly, DEP community relations coordinator, said in an email that its Clean Water Program is checking with area sewage treatment plans and the Emergency Response Team is checking at area landfills as a possible source of the odor.

Connolly said complaints were received from Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.

A similar odor was detected in the region about three weeks ago. At that time, Connolly and Luzerne County Emergency Management Coordinator, Stephen Bekanich, said no complaints were reported.

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