Rally scheduled to opposed Madison County landfill

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Community leaders and residents will meet this morning to continue efforts against the proposed landfill in Madison County.

The 166-acre property is located at 2858 North County Line Road near Ridgeland, with approximately 89 acres projected to be designated for disposal area. The landfill would be the third to be located in Madison County.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba; Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee; Sylvia Thomas, President of the North Livingston Homeowner Association; D.I. Smith, Ridgeland Alderman at-large and Ron Farris, Attorney for No More Dumps will be in attendance to speak out against the landfill.

The rally will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Rocky Hill Baptist Church in Ridgeland, located at 4610 Greens Crossing Road.

Most of them have been before the Madison County board of supervisors to request their support in their efforts to stop the landfill. The board took no action.

NCL Waste, LLC, submitted applications for the following permits: a solid waste management permit for the operation of the proposed municipal solid waste landfill; a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for storm water runoff; a wastewater pretreatment permit for the discharge of leachate to a permitted wastewater treatment facility; an Air Permit to Construct air emission equipment; a Title V air permit for the operation of air emission equipment; and a water quality certification regarding impacts to waters of the state and wetlands.

According to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the proposed solid waste permit would authorize the construction and operation of a landfill, which would accept and dispose of various nonhazardous solid wastes from residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and other sources within an approved service area.

The permit board will consider the NCL landfill permit application on Tuesday, December 10.

According to MDEQ, the board is composed of the Chief of the Bureau of Environmental Health within the State Department of Health; the Director of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; the Director of the Office of Land and Water Resources within MDEQ; the Supervisor of the State Oil and Gas Board; the Director of the Department of Marine Resources; the Director of Geology within MDEQ; and the Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce or their respective designees.

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