Local environmental group reaches deal regarding Coventry landfill expansion

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COVENTRY — Local environmental group Don’t Undermine Memphremagog’s Purity (DUMP) say they will dismiss their appeal of state permits in Environmental Court after reaching an agreement with New England Waste Services of Vermont.

The agreement will allow N. E. Waste Services of Vermont, a subsidiary of Casella Waste Management, to move forward with the planned 51-acre expansion of the Coventry landfill.

The company agreed not to run leachate from Coventry landfill including the sewage-disposal facility in Newport, into the watershed unless there are changes in State or Federal regulations, or massive advances in science and technology, until 2024.

The company also agreed to work with a third-party engineer to assess odor control and to consider whether there should be improvements in facilities or practices to improve odor control.

“This settlement is a huge win for the Newport area and all communities that border the lake,” the group said in a statement.

The group says they are welcoming new members at this time to continue efforts to protect Lake Memphremagog and the environment.

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