Fire disables landfill power plant

MAYVILLE — Acting Chautauqua County Executive Stephen Abdella has notified the media that a fire on Friday night in the engine room at the County Landfill’s power plant temporarily disabled the plant’s operations, although one engine has now been restarted.

Two more engines were expected to be restarted over the weekend. No staff were on site when the fire occurred and there were no injuries.

“The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage is being investigated and assessed. Unfortunately, when the plant shuts down an increase in nuisance landfill gas odor in and around the landfill is likely. I have been advised that when the second and third engines are restarted, the potential for nuisance odor issues should be contained,” Abdella said.

He further stated that an update will be given to the Public Facilities Committee of the County Legislature this afternoon.


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