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    This includes two landfill sites that threaten cp sites.


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    Senate votes to suspend landfill projects in N.C.
    By Mike Baker
    The Associated Press

    RALEIGH, N.C. - A Senate committee Wednesday unanimously approved an 18-month moratorium on new landfills to give state officials time to study the impact solid-waste disposal is having on North Carolina.

    Waste management businesses are planning four major landfills around the state, including one in Brunswick County, which have the potential to double North Carolina's waste capacity.

    "We all know that landfills are an integral part of the state and of economic growth," said Sen. Clark Jenkins, D-Edgecombe, the bill's sponsor. "However, we've got to take a look at these mega-landfills before we move forward."

    One facility in Camden County would take in 10,000 tons of garbage each day from all along the East Coast and as far away as Michigan. Currently, the state landfill with the highest volume of waste is the Charlotte Motor Speedway facility, which takes in about 3,500 tons per day.

    Elizabeth Self, a lobbyist for the environmental advocacy group Sierra Club, said the new projects would turn North Carolina, which is now a net exporter of trash, into the fourth-largest waste-importing state.

    "North Carolina is poised to become the destination of choice for trash along the East Coast of the United States," said Jim Stephenson, policy director for the North Carolina Coastal Federation, an environmental group concerned with issues along the waterfront. "These mega-landfills pose serious environmental, ecological and economic impacts."

    All the major facilities - in Camden, Brunswick, Hyde and Columbus counties - are currently under review.

    While House Speaker Jim Black has said representatives will consider the proposal, he questioned the state's decision to halt existing reviews.

    "There's some companies that have made significant investment in North Carolina and we let them get pretty far along [in the process of planning a new landfill]," Black said of concerns about the moratorium's legal ramifications.

    And while landfill opponents said the trash could contaminate groundwater supplies and harm fragile ecosystems, Greg Peverall, a consultant for Waste Management, said the landfills instead protect the environment by safely storing trash. He added that some N.C. landfills will reach capacity over the next decade.

    Dexter Matthews, the director of waste management for North Carolina's Department of Natural Resources, said the bill's exceptions allow existing landfills to expand, which will help the state meet its needs during the moratorium.

    The Senate, which is expected to bring the bill to the floor Thursday, originally wanted to add the landfill moratorium in the budget.
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    Charlotte Motor Speedway takes in trash? There's a joke lurking in there, but I'm culturally sensitive and ain't saying it.
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    It's still just a matter of time...
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    NC accepts a pretty mind boggling amount of environmental damage from hog farms, so it's hard to see a landfill ban lasting for long. Waste management companies are experts at politics and playing divide & conquer with local governments. Only shopping center developers do it better.
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    I've been to Charlotte Motor Speedway many times, and I can't imagine where the landfill is.

    Yes, the hog farms have done a lot of damage to our enviorment. I think when hurricane Floyd hit here in '99 it opened a lot of people eyes. They stopped bulding them and even closed some of them down.

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    We interviewed someone for a job ~2000 and he had spent the previous several years working for NC's environmental department. According to him, eastern NC hog farm corporations pretty much won everything they cared about. It isn't just in NC; massive scale hog farms have sprouted in many states. Dairies too.
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