A group of homeowners in Absecon is not satisfied with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s explanations for the “constantly foul odor” that they say has inundated the neighborhood.

Carolyn Caldwell, chairwoman of the Clean Air Committee for the Gatherings at Bel Aire Lakes community, said Wednesday that “every time we invite the ACUA to our meetings to talk about it, they give one excuse after another.”

The gaslike odor has been a persistent presence for the approximately 300 residents of the 125-unit, 55-and-older community off Wescoat Road, at the western end of Absecon and adjacent to the ACUA’s Solid Waste Facility across the border in Egg Harbor Township.

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“We’re suffering,” Caldwell said. “We can’t use our patios in summer and can’t open the windows. And it’s day and night.”

ACUA Vice President of Solid Waste Brian Lefke said the increase in gas is based on weather conditions, which has led to excessive rain and snow and wet waste.

“We’ve authorized work on the installation of new gas extraction wells and new infrastructure to treat the gas (out) of the landfill,” Lefke said. “We’re working on a number of different fronts.”

Caldwell, meanwhile, was not satisfied with the ACUA response.

“‘It’s a wet winter,’” Caldwell paraphrased. “In the summer, they say it’s a rainy summer. There’s always some excuse. The place has obviously outgrown capacity.”

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