Page County Supervisors voted Tuesday night to terminate an interim agreement with National Waste Services, the company that ran the Battle Creek landfill. In May, Page County leaders agreed to sit down with NWS to find a new, third party operator for the landfill. The county was hoping to work out a solution that satisfied both sides, but after weeks of closed door meetings, an agreement could never be made. "What the board members thought was in the best interest of the residents just couldn't mesh with what National Waste Services needed," said Ann Neil Cosby, Special Counsel to Page County on Landfill Matters. Without the interim agreement, Page County is now solely responsible for getting rid of its trash. It's an expensive task that may require a monthly fee for county residents. The county could also face a lawsuit from NWS. "The county will defend itself and do everything it takes to make sure the citizens are protected," says Cosby. The landfill will stay closed for now. Attorneys say it could still reopen with NWS as the operator. Right now, Page officials will still need to dispose of county waste. A new transfer station is being planned to take care of that problem.
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