Hakes Landfill in the Town of Campbell is receiving pushback from residential neighbors.
Casella Waste Systems is the company that owns Hakes and it’s looking to expand its operation on 22 acres north of its current facility.
Nearby residents are concerned with noise pollution, traffic, and the environmental impact.
The town board and planning board received an application for the expansion and toured the area on Wednesday morning.
“The public hearing in February was a bit contentious,” Terry Brethen, the Town of Campbell planning board chairman, said. “They always are. Before we make a board decision and forward a recommendation to the town board, we wanted to see it firsthand.”
Both boards learned how the facility operates, what the design is, and what the expansion would include.
Hakes is a C&D landfill with the letters C and D standing for construction and demolition, so no municipal solid waste, such as household waste, is permitted.
Residents are also worried about their health because radioactive materials like Marcellus drill cuttings have been dropped into the landfill from Pennsylvania.
“Drill cuttings are part of construction, construction of a well,” Larry Shilling, vice president of landfill marketing and business development for Casella, said. “We’re a construction and demolition landfill and that kind of material can be accepted at this facility, so we do (accept it), at times.”
A recent study showed the radioactive levels were safe. Local environmentalists have challenged the findings.
Drill cuttings, in addition to all other waste brought by trucks, must pass through radiation detectors before being dumped in the landfill.
The next town board meeting in April will either decide a recommendation to approve the expansion based on Wednesday’s tour and public hearing or it will postpone to a later date.
Technically, the boards cannot do anything until the Department of Environmental Conservation releases a final environmental impact statement.