The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is accepting comment on a Determination of Public Benefit for the possibility of a new landfill that could be built in either Greenbush in Argyle.

The landfill is being explored by the Municipal Review Committee, the non-profit regional association that represents the 187 communities in the state that use the PERC plant in Orrington. The landfill option is being reviewed because tipping fees at PERC could skyrocket within the next few years.

DEP regulations require that interested parties must be publicly notified, written comments invited, and if justified, an opportunity for public hearing given. A request for a public hearing must be received by the Department, in writing, no later than 20 days after publication of the public notice announcing the comment period, which first appeared on March 29 – meaning April 18 is the deadline for such a hearing to be requested.

The application for the Determination of Public Benefit and supporting documentation are available for review locally at the Penobscot County Commissioners Office, 97 Hammond Street, Bangor and the Greenbush Town Office, 132 Military Road, Greenbush.

Send all correspondence to: Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Solid Waste Program, 17 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0017.

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