AUGUSTA – A bill introduced by Sen. Jim Dill, D-Old Town, to support the timely closure of Old Town’s municipal construction and demolition debris landfill was passed by the Maine Senate on Tuesday. The bill, LD 603, “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Funding for Landfill Closure Costs,” would expand the eligibility of state funds appropriated for landfill closures to cover the Old Town landfill.

“The Old Town CDD landfill is no longer needed. Allowing it to shut down in a timely manner will help us avoid issues of groundwater contamination,” said Sen. Dill. “I’m pleased that my colleagues have opted to support this common-sense solution to a very real problem we are facing in Old Town.”

Current state law requires the state to cover 75 percent of the cost of closing landfills licensed before Sept. 1, 1989. The City of Old Town applied to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for a license for the CDD landfill on March 10, 1989, but that license was not approved by the DEP until Jan. 3, 1990, thereby disqualifying the facility for state funds.

LD 603 will face votes in the Maine House and further action in the Senate.