Residents outraged over proposed landfill

OLD TOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Many people who live in Argyle and Greenbush are still outraged over a proposed landfill. If the Maine DEP approves the landfill, it would likely be built in the next four years and share property lines with many landowners.

Locals had the opportunity to speak out against the project at two meetings Wednesday in Old Town. They are upset because they think it will cause a lot of environmental problems for them and surrounding communities, and they don't think this area needs another landfill at all.

"We have no interest in a project that would lead to environmental problems," Greg Lounder, executive director of the Municipal Review Committee, said.

The residents are expressing concerns that the landfill would harm their farm animals and contaminate local aquifers.

"Fresh water is getting more scarce, and they're just doing everything they can to pollute that," Joseph Key said.

Beyond the pollution, opponents to the landfill say Maine doesn't need another trash disposal facility.

"So long as our culture is one that generates lots of municipal waste, you're going to need landfills somewhere. You're going to need them somewhere," Galen Young said. "It's just right now, we already have plenty of landfill capacity available to us."

It's the DEP's job to decide if local communities would benefit from this proposed landfill. Part of that process includes taking public comments. It's the first step of many before the Municipal Review Committee can actually begin constructing the landfill.

"If a determination is issued in their favor, then we would still be looking at what site they're looking at for the facility, and whether it meets our citing criteria, and then the technical licensing criteria for the facility itself," Melanie Loyzim of the Maine DEP said.

Argyle residents are hoping it never gets that far. They want to stop the process before construction begins and encourage a change in the trash disposal system altogether.

"To recycle as much stuff as we possibly can," Young said. "These are the things we should be getting into as a whole culture, as a society, and away from generating one-time use stuff that's going to immediately end up in the waste stream."

The DEP is open to public comment through September 2.


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