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Chemung County Landfill Concerns
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Residents opposed to the Chemung County Landfill expansion proposal came out to voice their concerns on April 14th.
Even though the landfill expansion was not on the county legislatures agenda tonight, resident spoke about possible dangers of the expansion.
The Chemung County landfill's current capacity is 180 thousand tons, the proposal would double it. Chemung County is proposing the capacity of the lowman landfill be increased from 180 thousand tons, to 417 thousand tons a year.
The landfill is operated by Casella Waste System.
Residents spoke out against the increase, saying it could bring ground water contamination, and high levels of radioactivity from increased amounts of hydrofracking drill cuttings.
Casella plans on installing new protective lining systems to protect against leakage, but opponents at tonights hearing said those will eventually fail.
"I think those concerns are certainly legitimate concerns," said Mike Krunsen, Deputy County Executive. "But they will be answered by the review process. DEC will certainly do their part as the neutral independent party while looking at things."
Bette Ek of Horseheads says, "I think decisions are made without any real listening from the people. I am really disturbed. I think decisions are made ahead of time, and I dont think it is a thoughtful way to run a county"
The expansion proposal needs to be approved by the Department of Enviromental Conservation, which could take several months.
We will bring you any updates to this story.