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Residents Want Lid on Landfill Expansion Plan

Put a lid on it. That's the message from residents who live near the proposed expansion of the Southbridge landfill. An environmental review process is underway to expand the waste landfill, but local residents say the existing landfill is already contaminating local well water and they don't want to see any new permits issued. 

Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG) staff attorney Kirstie Pecci says the Southbridge landfill currently covers 52 acres and waste from the existing landfill is likely contaminating local well-water with known carcinogens.

"We know that we have wells that have 1,4-dioxane and in them," she says. "If you live in a rural area like this, if you can't get clean water from your well, you can't get clean water at home it's a real problem. "

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