OXFORD – Oxford must place restrictions against digging at its closed asbestos landfill and the transfer station by Nov. 1, the state Department of Environmental Protection has ordered.

The DEP allowed the town to create a 100-foot-by-150-foot disposal area for asbestos after a large amount of asbestos was uncovered at the transfer station during a state inspection in June 2002.

“Oxford is responsible, as the property owner and operator, to maintain in perpetuity the closed asbestos disposal area,” the DEP order states, including maintaining the integrity of the cover system, controlling access to the disposal site, and installation of warning signs.

Interim Town Manager Sharon Jackson said the deed for the site was supposed to have been changed to include “no-dig” language, but that the change was not made.

She said she will make sure that the deed changes are completed by Nov. 1.

Another DEP requirement that needs to be addressed by Nov. 1, she said, is an update to the transfer station’s operations manual. The town’s Solid Waste Committee will be meeting soon to work on that, she added.

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