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Cedar Ridge exemption upheld

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

The exemption granted by Lewisburg's City Council to Cedar Ridge Landfill has been validated by an attorney for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

TDEC General Counsel E. Joseph Sanders on Friday told Lewisburg City Attorney Bill Haywood that he's advised the department's Solid Waste Management Division of the Council's vote on June 10.

The Council approved a resolution to supersede a May 20 resolution to adopt provisions of state law that outline standards for landfill plans.

Last month's vote was an apparent response to information that a new landfill might be developed within a mile of the city line. Adopting the state's landfill law provided the Council with authority to prohibit such a new landfill.

It also gave the Council authority over expansion of Cedar Ridge Landfill, a facility operated by Waste Management Inc., which last year was permitted by the Marshall County Commission. Since then, Waste Management has been waiting for permission to use the last available part of Cedar Ridge for landfilling. TDEC's Solid Waste Division stopped processing the expansion request when the Council adopted state landfill standards.. . . .Pick up a copy of today's edition, Wednesday, June 18, 2008, for entire story