Waste Management’s drive to keep Riverbend Landfill open got a boost Thursday when the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners approved expansion of the controversial facility.
On a 2-1 vote (Commissioner Allen Springer was the lone nay vote), the Board of Commissioners upheld approval of the expansion by the county planning commission in January, which was appealed soon after.
“We are grateful to the commissioners and county staff for ensuring an open and transparent process,” said Paul Burns, Waste Management director of operations for the Pacific Northwest. “Hundreds of people helped make the Riverbend plan better in three years of community meetings. As a result, the plan approved today provides strong benefits for Yamhill County as well as critical protections for the environment.”