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March 2007
Casella fighting for landfill zoning 

Casella Waste Systems, Inc. said that a zoning amendment it proposed for its Hardwick, Massachusetts landfill failed to gain the required affirmative two-thirds of the votes cast at a recent town meeting.

Over 54 percent of the town's voters approved the zoning article, which would have created a special landfill district. Zoning by-laws in Hardwick require a two-thirds majority for successful passage of zoning articles. The company also indicated that the Hardwick zoning enforcement officer has informed the company that he will order the landfill closed as early as February 4, 2007.

The company said it is pursuing legal options and considering other appropriate steps to keep the landfill, which has a carrying value of approximately $25 million, operating as a regional waste disposal resource. The company has filed several appeals of decisions made by the Hardwick Zoning Board of Appeals which remain pending in Massachusetts Land Court.

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