Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources is contemplating issuing a permit to Casella Waste allowing it to expand the Coventry Landfill in the northern part of the state. But Casella’s own groundwater sampling around the landfill suggest that harmful chemicals, like per per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), as well as heavy metals, may be leaking from the landfill’s disposal cells. This landfill should not be allowed to expand until Casella conducts a thorough investigation of the site to protect our ground and surface waters from contamination.
Ask the Agency of Natural Resources to deny Casella’s solid waste permit application until after a full investigation is conducted and Casella proves that Vermonters’ health and waters aren’t in danger.
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Deny approval of Coventry Landfill permit until thorough pollution investigation complete
Dear Mr. Bourdeau,
I am deeply concerned about the Agency potentially issuing a Solid Waste Permit to Casella to recertify and expand the Coventry Landfill without a thorough investigation of pollution releases from the Landfill. Given the known pollution releases from the Landfill, the Agency of Natural Resources should deny any approval of the proposed expansion. However, at a minimum, the Agency should delay approving any expansion until Casella demonstrates that it is in compliance with the Solid Waste Rules and the Groundwater Protection Rule by conducting a thorough investigation of releases of pollution from the landfill, and remediating any groundwater contamination.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]