Commission approves landfill expansion with restrictions

Published: Jul. 24, 2019 at 6:15 PM EDT
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An environmental commission is allowing Vermont's largest landfill to expand for another 10 years and has placed restrictions on the treatment of water drained from the landfill.

The Caledonian Record reports that the District 7 Environmental Commission issued the Act 250 permit amendment to the operator of the Coventry landfill Tuesday.

Act 250 is Vermont's development control law.

The permit allows New England Waste Services of Vermont, owned by Casella Waste Systems, to develop and use about 51 acres of additional landfill capacity until June 30, 2028.

The amendment prohibits the treatment of landfill leachate in the Newport City wastewater treatment plant or anywhere else in the Lake Memphremagog watershed.

The commission also ordered the operator to hire a third party to investigate odor complaints.

Groups in Vermont and Canada have long opposed the expansion.

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