Despite opposition from several local environmental groups and citizens worried about the impact of improperly treated leachate pouring into Lake Memphremagog, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) approved a 51 acre expansion of the Coventry Landfill. Local stakeholders, including Memphremagog Conservation Inc. Have recently submitted briefs to the Act 250 commission, the state's land use regulator, hoping to put a stop to the expansion and the dumping of leachate into the lake. An appeal is also in the works, according to MCI president Robert Benoit.
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By Matthew McCully
Just before offices closed for the holidays, a number of briefs were delivered to the District 7 Environmental Commission in Johnsbury, Vt. regarding the expansion of the Coventry Landfill (in Coventry, VT), owned by Casella Waste Systems. On Friday, Oct.12, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) issued a permit for the expansion of the landfill by roughly 51 acres. Casella is now in the process of getting a permit from the Act 250 Commission, the state’s land use regulator, to finalize the process. Memphremagog Conservation Inc. submitted its brief for consideration on behalf of local non-profits and environmental organizations, as well as over 40 local citizens who had previously voiced their opposition to the project. See full story in the January 8 edition of the Brome County News.