Expansion plan for landfill gets green light

January 13, 1995

The Maryland Department of the Environment has given the county the go-ahead for an expansion and redesign of the last sections of the county landfill near Millersville.

The state agency rejected two challenges from neighbors who said the landfill's troubled history indicated the county could not be trusted to run the property. The permit was issued Dec. 22.

MDE did not remove the complaint and order under which the landfill has been operating for two years. The county still has to cap the old cells, excavate part of one trash cell and fix problems that have cause ground water contamination. The order will remain in effect until all the work is done, said Quentin Banks, MDE spokesman.

The county has spent $27.1 million in the last two years to correct problems at the landfill. Estimates are that another $87 million will be spent by the end of the decade.

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