March 7, 2014
In a 3-2 vote Tuesday, supervisors approved a request to the Department of Environmental Quality to expand the Battlecreek Landfill and increase its daily tonnage.
The landfill is asking to grow three-fold and bump its trash intake of 250 tons to 1,500 tons a day.
It's promising more trash would bring in more money for new schools and other county projects.
DEQ says currently the landfill has a lot of problems and until they're resolved, an expansion won't be allowed.
“If you design them properly and operate them properly you can meet the state requirements regardless of size,” says Regional DEQ Director Bradley Chewning.
National Waste Service, who runs the landfill, submitted a three volume permit modification plan to DEQ Wednesday.
DEQ says it will be months before any action is taken.