Maine lawmakers are one step nearer to closing a loophole that enables development and demolition waste from different states to finish up on the state-owned landfill in Previous City. The Surroundings and Pure Assets Committee voted 11-1 to suggest a proposal that might finish these exemptions. It’ll now be thought of by the complete Legislature.
The invoice’s sponsor, Sen. Anne Carney, a Democrat of Cape Elizabeth, mentioned that the laws is supposed to limit a enterprise referred to as ReSource Lewiston that has imported tons of of 1000’s of tons of development particles from different states to Maine over the past decade. It usually removes a small quantity of that waste to promote as recycling and sends the remaining alongside to the Juniper Ridge Landfill.
“Ninety p.c of the waste that comes into the processing facility in Lewiston after which goes to Juniper Ridge, 90 p.c of that originates from out-of-state,” Carney mentioned earlier than the vote on Monday morning. “Most of it’s from Massachusetts. There’s some quantity of it that additionally comes from New Hampshire.”
Environmental teams and neighbors of the Previous City landfill assist the proposal. They’ve expressed concern that the out-of-state waste is contributing to the quick fee at which Juniper Ridge is being stuffed and introducing potential sources of contamination into the encompassing surroundings.