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Hundreds Gather To Protest Proposed Maury Co. Landfill

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by Janet Kim

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Hundreds of people showed up Wednesday to protest a zoning meeting for a proposed landfill in Maury County.

Nearly 500 protestors voiced their concerns at the Maury County Court House in Columbia.

The courtroom was filled to its maximum capacity and many protestors were not able to go inside. The venue had to be changed twice in order to accommodate the large crowds of concerned residents.

Representatives from RLF Duck River LLC and RLF Green Duck LLC applied for a zoning change that would build a landfill on the former Monsanto property in Columbia.

The company said of the 845 acre site, only 25 percent of the land will be the actual landfill location. The rest will be used as a buffer zone.

Outside the courthouse, many apprehensive Maury County residents voiced their concern.

"Maury County doesn't need it," said resident James Watts. "It's not good for the environment, and it's going to mess up the water."

Ultimately, the companies withdrew their application for the landfill after the board of zoning appeals said there were deficiencies in the application.

The applicant's engineer, Jim Webb, argued it wasn't a fair fight. 

"I'm all for dealing with deficiencies, but I'm for fair play, but don't review it before the meeting," Webb said during the meeting. 

The attorney representing the companies said they intend to re-apply.


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