Landfill permit update

Published 8:18 am Thursday, August 15, 2019

Mary O’Brien

The Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors presented a follow-up to news that Meridian Waste and Container First Services submitted an amended conditional use permit for the Lunenburg Landfill.

Mary O’Brien with Meridian Waste attended the meeting Thursday and said the organization is looking forward to working with the county.

“I’m very happy to be working with Rob Guidry, who is a familiar face to you all, as well as Tim Webb as we go through this conditional use permit process,” O’Brien said during the meeting, citing leadership with Container First Services.

O’Brien said Meridian Waste and Container First Service’s goals are to “make sure that we fulfill our obligations to the county, and that we’re good corporate citizens for Lunenburg, and continue to be for the long term.”

County Attorney Frank Rennie introduced O’Brien, saying that Meridian Waste, Container First Services and the county would work together on the modified CUP and on the community host agreement.

The amended CUP for the landfill, according to a previous Dispatch report, was submitted to the county on June 28.

The amendments proposed in the landfill could increase its daily tonnage by 500 and allow for 11 additional years of capacity.

“The purpose of the amendment is to increase the daily tonnage allowance from 1,000 tons per day to 1,500 tons per day, to increase the height allowance from 584 feet above mean sea level to 790 feet above mean sea level (allowing for 11 additional years of capacity for the landfill), to require paving of the entrance drive 1,325 feet from Old Mansion Road within 180 days of CUP approval and replacement of the existing scale house building within 180 days of CUP approval,” O’Brien said in a previous report.

The new CUP, according to a previous report, is not expected to affect the county’s current host agreement with the landfill.