- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - A mega dump outside Ashland plans to reduce its total waste intake by phasing out train deliveries of out-of-state trash by the end of next year, officials announced Wednesday.

The Big Run landfill said that the amount waste delivered by rail will drop 30 percent by the end of this year and terminate by the end of 2016. Landfill operators said the move will cut the dump’s total intake by 75 percent.

Parent company EnviroSolutions CEO Dean Kattler also said that rail deliveries containing sewage sludge will end within three weeks. The landfill will continue to accept sludge from local municipalities, including Ashland and Huntington.

“We have consistently said we would look at every area of our operations to ensure we are doing what is in the best interests of this community,” Kattler said in a statement.

The announcement comes as the company and local and state officials face complaints from citizens and pressure from Boyd County officials. The landfall has been seeking a permit renewal from state environmental regulators amid ongoing fines and complaints of offensive odors at the site.

The Courier-Journal reported (https://cjky.it/1MoZSD7 ) that the Boyd County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to press for wide-ranging restrictions for the landfill.

The Louisville newspaper reported that the landfill, intended to generate funds for Boyd County with up to 90 percent of its waste coming from out of state, had become an issue for county residents who complained of the smell there.

State officials describe Big Run as Kentucky’s largest landfill and the only one in the state that imports waste by train.


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