Recent developments in the NCL Waste landfill case prompted several Madison County residents to show up for the board of supervisors meeting last week to voice their concerns.
Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, attorney Ron Farris, president of Central Mississippi Realtors Katie Warren and Rep. Jill Ford all signed up to speak during the meeting.
Noticeably absent from the boardroom podium was NCL’s legal representation, Butler Snow attorney John Brunini, whose letter to the board requesting to be on the June 15 agenda prompted the presence of residents opposed to the landfill.
Brunini represents NCL Waste in its efforts to obtain the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) permits required to operate a municipal solid waste landfill on property located in Madison County.
In January, the MDEQ permit board voted to table NCL Waste’s permit requests until the Madison County board of supervisors submits an updated needs assessment.
In a letter to the supervisors, Brunini wrote, “Section 2.2 of the host fee agreement between Madison County and NCL Waste requires Madison County to assist and cooperate with NCL Waste in its efforts to obtain the relevant environmental permits.”
In the letter, Brunini requested Madison County direct its contractor to prepare the updated needs assessment, including a determination of need for the proposed landfill, adding that NCL Waste would reimburse the county for any costs.
He also asked that the report be delivered to the supervisors as soon as possible upon its completion.
The letter was sent to the county one day after HB 1353 died in the state Senate. The bill would have prevented a second landfill from being built in Mississippi within one mile of an existing landfill, rendering the NCL landfill issue invalid.
However, on June 14, the day before the board meeting, Brunini withdrew NCL’s request to be included on the agenda.
“The reason for this withdrawal is to allow NCL additional time to meet with the board attorney and other interested parties to more thoroughly evaluate the options and alternatives available to the parties prior to any final action by the board concerning the request made by NCL in its June 9, 2020 letter,” Brunini wrote.
Mayor McGee and Farris still attended the June 15 meeting. Both said they would hold off on commenting on the landfill due to NCL’s withdrawal from the agenda. However, both expressed interest in meeting with NCL officials and board attorney Mike Espy as the “interested parties” referenced in Brunini’s letter.