Powerful Stench Hovers Over North Texas Neighborhood

A strange smell in a North Texas neighborhood is forcing families to stay inside.

The reported stench is near Interstate 20 and U.S. 287 in Kennedale.

In the area are three landfills, but neighbors say the smell has never been unbearable until this past year.

"There's no way around it," said rancher B.J. Garcia. "If we're out here working on the ranch doing any kind of work, we have to come in."

Neighbors who live near Interstate 20 and North Dick Price Road say the smell effects residents who live several miles away from the landfills.

"It smells like a natural gas leak, but much worse," said Colby Cowan. "You just can't get away from it. It is getting worse and worse. I love where I live. I don't want to move."

According to the city of Fort Worth's Environmental Management division, there have been no odor violations reported for the Republic Waste Services site. They blame wet weather and a strong temperature inversion which occurs when warm air hovers above cool air.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has been to the landfill four times this year.

Despite the smell, Tarrant County Public Health tells NBC 5 no complaints have been reported and the public is not in danger.

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