Act Now: Stop Filling Maine's Landfills with Out-of-State Waste
Tell Maine’s Legislature to Stop Filling Maine's Landfills with
Dear Maine Lawmaker,
The extensive dumping of toxic out-of-state waste in our State-owned landfills is threatening sites of historical, cultural, and spiritual significance for the Penobscot Nation, neighboring residents, and the Penobscot River and Bay. It must be stopped.
The State purchased Juniper Ridge Landfill (JRL) in Old Town to prevent Maine from becoming a dumping ground for out-of-state waste, but an astounding 30% of the waste being buried there is in fact from out of state. This is because of a loophole in our laws that classifies waste as “generated within the state” just by virtue of being delivered to one of Maine’s waste processing facilities on its way to JRL.
Most of the waste coming into Maine is toxic construction and demolition debris (CDD) from Massachusetts, where disposal of CDD waste has widely been banned from their landfills. Until we strengthen our laws, too, Maine will unjustly continue to be a dumping ground for other states and countries.
Please vote in support of LD 1639 to protect Maine’s people, land, air, and water by closing the loophole and stopping the practice of filling our State-owned landfills with toxic out-of-state waste.
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