Concerns over plan to expand Hakes Landfill

CAMPBELL, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Residents are voicing their concerns about a proposed expansion of a Steuben County landfill.

The momentum is building to delay a proposed plan to expand the Hakes Landfill in Campbell.

An expansion of the landfill is being explored by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Members of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter say the DEC has accepted a "deeply flawed" draft supplemental environmental impact statement on the Hakes Landfill expansion project.

"They (DEC) haven't looked adequately at a number of different issues, including the radioactivity of the drill cuttings, how they will impact the leachate that comes out of the landfill," said Kate Bartholomew, chair of Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter.

Geologist and Environmental Scientist Raymond Vaughan of Buffalo believes more testing needs to be done before DEC moves forward with the expansion plan.

"The implications primarily have been reported because I'm not just talking about what has been, but extrapolations from that and these raise questions that has not been addressed and need to be answered by more testing," said Vaughan.

A community meeting was held Saturday afternoon at Campbell-Savona High School where citizens voiced concerns on the expansion permit.  The meeting was a chance to help the public learn how to make comments to the DEC in an upcoming hearing.

"We're concerned about the contents of the debris in the disposal sight and it's impact on the environment," said Maryalice Little of Campbell. 

Little and her husband Brian Little lives nearby the landfill.

"We like to see these issues are being dealt with properly so that our air and water quality is to the standards to the residents that New York want," he said.

Larry Shilling, Regional Vice President of Casella Waste Systems, the company that owns the landfill, attended the meeting.  He could not comment on residents' concerns but tells 18 News "anyone is invited to visit the site to see what they do."

Shilling tells 18 News he plans to attend and comment at the upcoming public hearing. 

The DEC is holding a public hearing on the proposed expansion plan Tuesday, February 13 at the Campbell American Legion at 6 p.m.

The DEC says they'll consider all public input and are accepting written comments until February 26.


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