- Associated Press - Friday, January 3, 2020

COVENTRY, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont environmental regulator is seeking public comment on a plan to hire an independent contractor to monitor odor at the state’s only operating landfill.

The District 7 Environmental Commission has granted Casella Waste Systems permission to expand the Coventry landfill on condition that the company bring in an approved third-party monitor.

The Caledonian Record reports that earlier this week the commission said comments were due by Jan. 13.

The groups eligible to submit comments are parties and individuals or organizations given status to comment, but not to appeal the Act 250 land use permit amendment granted by the commission in 2019. They include area residents and municipal officials from Quebec.

Under the proposal, any odor complaints received on the landfill’s odor hot line would be provided within five minutes to the odor consultant.

If an odor is confirmed, the consultant would go to the landfill to pursue the complaint, with access to the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The company operating the landfill for Casella has permission to develop 51.2 acres of additional landfill.

The current expansion would allow the landfill to continue to take waste before being capped and closed within 35 years.

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