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Old 04-04-2022, 05:42 AM
 
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Hi there,

My family and I are planning to relocate to Bristol this summer (from MD). We love the area. However, I'm questioning if we should avoid it because of the Bristol, VA landfill issue.

We plan on living on the western Tennessee side, near Holston Hills neighborhood. But of course, shopping, church etc. is located closer to the landfill.

I've read a lot of the articles and reports online. But I'm hoping some locals can provide some honest insight into the Bristol, VA landfill problem.

How bad is the odor? How often can you smell it? Can you smell it from the Holston Hills area? Is it possible this could lead to deterioration of the town? Are a lot of people leaving because of it? We want to raise our family there and don't want to go somewhere everyone moves away from and just disintegrates.

Any local info you can provide about it would be helpful! Thank you!
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Old 04-04-2022, 06:14 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I haven't been keeping up with this in any serious way, but from the casual conversations I have had it seems most people view this as a somewhat temporary problem. It has only become noticeable fairly recently and there are (supposedly) fixes being put in place. I'm not aware of anyone moving away just for this specific reason, though there probably are some who have. I can't imagine this becoming such an issue it causes a significant loss of population.

I live in nearby Haynesfield, not too far from the high school, and yes there are days when it's noticeable. And days when it is not. I can go a couple of weeks without smelling it and then it will be there for two or three days in a row. It's not a constant presence. Apparently some people are also more sensitive to it than others. My daughter says she can smell it on days when I can not.

The smell is hard to describe. I don't think of it as a 'garbage' sort of smell. Before I knew of the landfill issue I simply thought it might have been one of the chemical companies or a manufacturer causing the odor. To me it sort of smells like a stagnant lake with an algae problem, with undertones of some sort of chemical smell. Not nearly as bad as being near a paper mill or slaughter house. To me it's more of an annoyance at this point.
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Old 04-04-2022, 06:24 AM
 
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Thank you for the information! I really appreciate it. I see you describe yourself as a Yankee—my husband is actually from NY as well. Seems a lot of people relocate to TN.
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Old 04-04-2022, 11:20 AM
 
Location: TN/NC
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I live in Bristol near Steele Creek and never smell it. I’ve never smelled it downtown or at The Pinnacle. There are a lot of people impacted by it, but I don’t think it’s as severe as it is made out to be in most areas of the city.
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Old 04-04-2022, 11:25 AM
 
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I think DubbleT explained it well. I can add that my understanding is the smell usually occurs at night into the early morning and where is goes largely depends on which way the wind is blowing. We are returning to the area after relocating away for work. We have been all over Bristol TN/VA a bunch of times for home showings and have never smelt "the beast". Also, in the South, Yankee can be used loosely to describe anyone not from the South. For example, California.
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Old 04-04-2022, 12:30 PM
 
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Thank you! This is good to know.
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