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Proposed Landfill Debate Continues To Heat Up

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by Janet Kim

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - The heated debate over a proposed mega-landfill came to a boiling point Monday morning. Opponents filled a Maury County Commission meeting so their voices could be heard.

Opponents of the proposed landfill on the former Monsanto site in Maury County filled the commission meeting room Monday morning, many in support of a resolution on the agenda that would have made it harder for companies like RLF Duck River and RLF Green Duck to build the landfill.

However, not all the commissioners were on the same page about how the commission should move forward.

"What I don't agree with is the way Mr. Cepicky ran over, intimidated, bullied, members of the administrative committee to push this onto an agenda that was already full," said Maury County Commissioner Lucy Ledbetter during the meeting.

Ledbetter said she felt the resolution was premature to be added to Monday's commission meeting in the first place.

However, many of those opposing the proposed landfill site on the former Monsanto property said they were hopeful the commission would vote for a resolution that would put protections in place for the Duck River and residents of Maury County.

Commissioner Scott Cepicky sponsored the resolution, but in a surprise move asked that it be deferred for more discussion and to ensure all proper procedures were taken. He also responded to the claims that he bullied anyone.

"I have a good working relationship with 80 percent of the commission, they respect what I try to do," said Cepicky. "There are few that don't. You're not going to make everyone happy, especially in politics."

Opponents of a proposed landfill said they're not giving up. Preserve Maury is the organized group against the project. They have 45,000 signatures on the petition. The resolution has been deferred until the next commission meeting in November.


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