Testimony on State’s Largest Landfill Makes Our Point
On 22 August 2013, TDEC Division of Air Quality held a formal
hearing on Middlepoint Landfill in Murfreesboro.
The state’s largest landfill is located on the Stone River in Karst geology
with caves and cracks that allow pollution to migrates. There was testimony
that people on wells in the vicinity have black algae growing from their kitchen and
bathroom faucets. 120 people turned out on a week day night.
Testimony that odors were strong, very unpleasant, and hurt property values
were repeated. Mr. J. R. said “I live about 1 1/2 miles from the landfill
as the crow flies. I have lived in my house for 28 years. For the first
18 years it was not an issue. In the last 10 years it has been a major
issues. Not being able to go out and sit on my porch in the back and to
put up with this smell and all the poor quality that’s coming from the landfill.
Hearing comment #10, pg, 19 of 35. Mr. S.A. states “Okay, I was here before
they were and they have no right to stink me out of my home, but they are, they
are and they do a lot of other people, too. So, if you want to talk about air quality
there you go, there you have something to work on. Thank you.”—Comment #10, pg.
19 of 35
There are many side issues, as always, such as the sweet heart “host fees” of
$1.20 a ton Rutherford County gets, which is a small portion of the total waste disposal
cost. Yet, Rutherford County has the garbage into perpetuity. Why dos the state tolerate this violation of law. Why do the teeth grinders and mouth breathers of modern solid waste prevail over both the citizens and the law?
Make no mistake–-TCA 68-211-803-–mandates that the state have a plan to prevent
citizens or the environment from being hurt by solid waste facilities. Across the state
state we see just the opposite. Dickson County Landfill killed people and they are still dying. 70 landfills across the state credit landfilled construction waste as recycled. Cedar Ridge expansion over a major sink hole was a $1.2 billion gift to the landfill company, Coffee County high School is across the street from a Superfund Site, and two landfills in Camden border on criminal.
Yet, the state will not enforce by pushing for solid waste to be used s a raw material for
compost and business to create jobs. For an overview of the impact of landfills, please see the 2008 opinion of Professional Geologist Mark Quarles