Chapel Hill adopts state landfill law

Friday, April 18, 2008

Chapel Hill has adopted a state law on landfills even as legal issues are being explored about whether that law will help Cornersville residents who oppose development of a proposed landfill east of Pulaski Highway.

The law adopted by Chapel Hill is commonly known as the Jackson Law, named after the state lawmaker who sponsored the bill. It was enacted to establish environmental, economic and social standards to use when deciding whether a landfill should be permitted.

It also addresses what local governments must be consulted. The legal issue is whether Cornersville's Board of Mayor and Aldermen adopted the law in time to have authority to deny Waste Management Inc.'s request for a permit to operate the proposed landfill. Cornersville officials say it doesn't matter that their town board adopted the law four days after a landfill plan was filed with the county.

"No construction shall be initiated for any new landfill ... until the plans for such new landfill have been submitted to and approved by ... both the county legislative body ... and the governing body of any municipality which is located within one mile of such proposed landfill," the law states.

Cornersville's downtown is connected to an area located at the intersection of Interstate 65 by a thin corridor that runs along Pulaski Highway. The area includes The Tennessean Truck Stop, which pays town property taxes.

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