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Residents speak out about proposed landfill expansion

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CANTON, MS (WLBT) – The City of Canton wants to expand its municipal landfill, and Tuesday night residents heard more about those plans.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing on the future of the waste site.

The City of Canton plans to use a closed lagoon in future development for the municipal landfill.

The lagoon is located on the same Soldier Colony Road property as the existing landfill.

Canton officials want to renew the current permit and are petitioning the Department of Environmental Quality to expand from 139 to 144 acres while increasing the height to 90 feet.

Frazier Riddell was one of three residents who attended the hearing and is concerned about the need for the expansion.

He also doesn't want the height increased.

"If we suddenly have whatever a hundred trucks a day instead of two or whatever it takes to increase what's it gonna do to the infrastructure driving in there? All that needs to be visited before it's just done," said Riddell.

Canton Landfill Director Melon Garrett said the expansion will include the lagoon which will connect the two existing landfills.

He said the city of roughly four thousand is preparing for growth.

"We're proposing to take this spot out (the lagoon) and make it suitable to put waste in by lining it and developing it and then crossing right over into the next landfill without leaving any extra air space, because air space is money," said Garrett.

According to officials, currently 42,000 tons of solid waste are accepted each year.

At that rate it could be full in 119 years.

If the capacity is increased to 600,000 tons a year, as proposed then capacity could be reached in nine years.

"The court reporter will record all of the comments that were made and those will be given to the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board," said Billy Warden, DEQ Chief of the Solid Waste Permitting Branch.

The Canton landfill is one of two in Madison county.

A decision on the future of the landfill could be made by the DEQ Permit Board when they meet September 14th.

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