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Brooks residents protest landfill proposal

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Hundreds of trucks filled with trash pass through Onyx's Lowndes County landfill every day, but they could soon be dumping their loads elsewhere.  It's about a half mile from Tom Lovett's home. "We don't want it in Brooks County," said Lovett.

Onyx Waste Services wants to start a new landfill on private property just east of Quitman, behind the Langboard Company. The land is owned by the Langdale Family. "The purpose for them wanting it is so they can take the methane gas, which is the odor part, and convert it into an operational expense at the Langboard Plant," said Wayne Carroll, County Commission Chairman.

But the proposal has hundreds of Brooks County residents in an uproar.  Monday night, more than 300 people protested against it at a public hearing. "The proposed site is very close to the Withlacoochee River, its also very close, if not on, a ground water recharge area of the aquifer," said Lovett.

Lovett says moving the Lowndes County landfill just doesn't make sense. "Why would you spend thousands and thousand of money to obtain a permit from the EPD and EPA to try and get a new landfill, when you've already got a 300 plus acer permitted lanfdfill that's been approved," said Lovett.

At the hearing last night, commissioners tabled voting on the issue until they could do more research. "I'm sure that the board as a whole will do what's best," said Carroll.

And for Lovett and hundreds of other angry residents, that means keeping unwanted trash out of their county.

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