Public Hearing for Dothan Landfill: Is it Safe or Not?

By: Rachel Yonkunas Email
By: Rachel Yonkunas Email

The State Department of Environmental Management held a public hearing Thursday evening. It was in regards to Dothan’s landfill. The city requested a permit renewal, but some district one residents strongly oppose.

The focus of that meeting was safety. City representative, Dan Cooper, said cities are required to renew their landfill permits every five years. For the past five years, the city of Dothan engaged in routine check-ups on its landfill. Cooper said, each time, they found no known hazardous material.

At the hearing, residents inquired about these tests. They wanted to know why they are done, how often, and whether residents will be notified. The major concern for them is, they do not want to be neighbors with garbage, and what comes with it—vultures.

“They are circling your property at many days, because the garbage has not been covered up over there. We have suffered greatly, as a result of the landfill. We strenuously object,” said Earl Jones, a district one resident.

Also, City Manager, Mike West, noted the city will make sure the new landfill will not have a negative impact on surrounding water supply. Still, people in that community had their doubts.

The deadline for public comments is June 13th, at 5:00 pm.

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