Friday December 7, 2012

MORETOWN (AP) -- The owners of the landfill in Moretown have until Monday to come up with a plan to prevent noxious odors at the site or face closure.

State officials warned regional solid waste managers last week that the landfill is likely to close because of an inability to comply with state solid waste regulations, the Burlington Free Press reported (http://bfpne.ws/VBCnu5 ).

Closing the landfill would leave Vermont with one certified landfill operated by Casella Waste Systems in Coventry.

Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz said if the landfill owners offer a convincing plan by Monday the agency might be able to issue a permit.

A spokesman for the Moretown landfill said he believes the company has a plan that will show that it can meet state standards.

"We don't want to close the facility, the town doesn't want us to close the facility, our customers and businesses don't see it as a good thing to have only one landfill left in the state," said Mark Harlacker, regional landfill manager for Advanced Disposal Systems in Carlisle, Pa.

Markowitz said closing the landfill would not create a trash crisis.

"There is excess capacity in the region. There are lots of places to take the trash, but it does mean more travel, more cost," she said.

Closure would create a loss of competition, more truck travel, higher emissions and, ultimately, higher prices, said Jeff Myers of Myers Container Service Corp., who hauls trash to Moretown. Smaller haulers would have a hard time surviving, he said.

"This could put a huge amount of small haulers out of business," he said.