By NR Staff • 

Court of Appeals to hear LUCS case

The public sessions is scheduled for 9 a.m., but there are several other items sharing the court’s agenda.

For many years, Waste Management Inc., Riverbend’s parent company, has been projecting the landfill  would reach capacity on its existing footprint by 2014.

To stave off a potentially disruptive and costly closure, it has been pursuing authorization for a major expansion onto adjacent acreage. In the meantime, it has applied for authorization to erect a berm that would allow more time for it to complete the lengthy regulatory process associated with expansion onto new acreage.

The application calls for construction of a berm along the western portion of the site paralleling Highway 18. Rising to a maximum height of 40 feet, it would provide space for another 1 million cubic yards of waste, giving the landfill about two more year’s of useful life.

The berm is subject to approval by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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