Coal ash landfill proposal worries Campbell Co. residents

A proposal for a unique type of landfill in Campbell County has residents in the area concerned.

They showed up for an informational meeting Tuesday evening in Jacksboro to hear more about a plan to store coal ash in the Westbourne community.

Developers want to put the landfill northeast of LaFollette near Davis Creek and Duff Road. They say the site will be built and operated by state standards, and no homes are close by. Project leaders also claim the county will receive more than $50 million over the life of the permit and create dozens of jobs.

In light of the 2008 ash spill in Kingston, many residents are worried about spills or leaks that could contaminate their community.

"I'm afraid that this could possibly seep into the water and cause us problems because a lot of people are not on city water," said Campbell County resident James Bolton.

"It will have a membrane liner which is 60 mils thick, very thick liner and on top of that there will be a leachate collection system, so any water that might come in contact with the ash will be collected, stored and treated, so it won't get off site," said George Hyfantis, managing principal of Quantum Environmental and Engineering Services.

Project leaders predict it would be about two years before the landfill is operational. They're currently in the process of getting permits for the site.


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