- Associated Press - Friday, February 10, 2017

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A waste management company has filed to renew a permit for a potential hazardous waste facility near Roswell.

Gandy Marley Inc. filed for a renewal of its 2002 permit. The company says the project presents little to no environmental risk, reported The Roswell Daily Record (https://bit.ly/2kXhhww ).

The 35-acre disposal site would be located on privately owned ranch land about 43 miles southeast of Roswell and 3.5 miles off U.S. Highway 380.

The proposed hazardous waste landfill has generated opposition from environmental groups and others for more than a decade. They have argued that it has potentially risky side effects and that the state agency in charge of the permit has a pattern of discriminating against the poor, the less educated and Spanish speakers.

The public comment period for the Triassic Waste Facility ended in January. The New Mexico Environment Department will evaluate the feedback and decide whether to hold a public hearing on the subject.

Gran Marley submitted a revision and renewal request for its 10-year-permit in 2011.

“We would not be accepting nuclear waste,” said company secretary and treasurer Mike Marley. “We would not be accepting liquids, radioactive waste or high-level PCBs. The waste would have to meet the criteria of the permit.”

The permit also does not permit toxic, explosive or ignitable waste.

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Information from: Roswell Daily Record, https://www.roswell-record.com

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