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Vermont affirms order to close landfill

Vermont’s Environmental Court has affirmed an Agency of Natural Resources decision to deny recertification of the Moretown Landfill and that the landfill must remain closed and be capped.

The facility reopened for local customers in April, but closed again July 15. Advanced Disposal, owner of the landfill, has invested more than $1 million in improvement to the facility and have indicated they plan to apply for a permit to open a new section.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears said the order requires prompt and orderly closure along with extensive remedial efforts related to groundwater and odor, to ensure the landfill will not negatively affect nearby residents or the environment.