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Casella Gains Maine Landfill Permit; Appeals Amount

Maine awarded a permit to Casella Waste Systems Inc. to accept in-state municipal solid waste (MSW) at the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, Maine, but the company is appealing the disposal limit amount.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued a permit to allow the Rutland, Vt.-based Casella Waste to dispose of 81,800 tons per year of MSW originating from Maine at the facility through March 31, 2016, according to a news release. The state owns the Juniper Ridge Landfill, and Casella Waste operates the facility.

Casella Waste said it has filed an appeal on the permit, which provides for a smaller annual disposal limit and a shorter permit term than it requested.

The 780-acre landfill also is permitted to take other waste streams originating in Maine, including construction and demolition (C&D) waste, ash from MSW waste incinerators and fossil-fuel boilers, front-end processed residuals, bypass MSW from waste-to-energy facilities, treatment plant sludge and biosolids, and other approved special wastes.

The landfill provides no annual tonnage limitations on any materials other than MSW.

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