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Landfill appeal dismissed by Worcester court judge


Board of Health concerned over potential air, water pollution



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The Sturbridge Board of Health’s lawsuit challenging MassDEP’s approval of a conversion permit for the Southbridge Landfill (above) was dismissed Monday, Feb. 7, by a Worcester Superior Court judge. (click for larger version)
February 09, 2011
STURBRIDGE — The Sturbridge Board of Health's lawsuit challenging the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (MassDEP) approval of a conversion permit for the Southbridge Recycling Disposal Park was dismissed Monday, Feb. 7, by a Worcester Superior Court judge.

Members of the Sturbridge Board of Health elected to appeal the provisional permit over the summer, agreeing that the MADEP had approved the permit without taking the time to sufficiently address the town's concerns.

"We have many issues with this permit, which include the potential for water and air pollution at the landfill," said Sturbridge Board of Health Chairman Linda Cocalis. "Due to budget cuts, the DEP is going to have a hard time monitoring environmental issues that crop up, and they shouldn't have approved the permit if they will not be able monitor the landfill frequently."

The Southbridge Recycling Disposal Park, more commonly known as the Southbridge Landfill, is owned by Casella Waste Systems Inc. In addition to its environmental concerns, members of the Sturbridge Board of Health are also worried about the potential for increased truck traffic at the landfill.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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