Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
Issue: Environmental and Social Justice
Program Topic: Juniper Ridge Landfill Expansion Public Forum
Key Discussion Points:
1) On Tuesday, October 18th, Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on the renewed attempt to expand the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, which is sate owned, but run by Casella Waste Systems. Casella and the State are looking to double the size of Juniper Ridge.
2) On September 27th, opponents of the landfill expansion held an informational forum at the Old Town high school. Organizers say it is usual for applicants of major projects, such as this, would be expected to hold a public information session. As Casella and the Bureau of General Services did not, local activist held their own forum.
There has been long opposition to the expansion of the landfill, including for it’s impact on water, it’s impact on local communities, including the Penobscot Nation, and the state’s operational policy to avoid restrictions to take out of state waste by minimal processing that re-classifies it as in state waste.
3) The Board of Environmental Protection will hold it’s public hearing on Tuesday, October 18th at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Starting at 9am applicants and intervenors will present. At 6pm the public may comment. Written comments are accepted until October 19th.
Ed Spencer, Old Town resident and intervenor
Sarah Lakeman, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Cheryl Spencer, Old Town Resident
Paul Schroeder, Old Town resident