Residents say 'no' to landfill expansion


POSTED: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 9:18am

UPDATED: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 10:13am

BAKER, La (NBC33) – Some residents of Alsen came together last night, Thursday, Dec. 9, to voice their opinions on the expansion of a landfill in their area.

“I want this to touch hearts and souls because we live in that community,” a community member said during a public hearing last night.

The Ronaldson Field Landfill has been in the Alsen / Brownsfield area of East Baton Rouge Parish for over a decade. And now owners of the landfill are requesting a permit from the department of environmental equality to expand the facility using nearby wetlands.

Tonight, residents spoke out a public hearing with the DEQ to voice their opposition to the expansion. Many who spoke said they’ve suffered with health problems, rats, insects, and unclean air since the landfill opened.

“We deserve things that are considered quality of life,” Dr. Kathryn Jones, a resident of Alsen, said to NBC33 News last night. “”Clean air, clean water, safe environment – that’s why we’re here to protest. We’re tired of being dumped upon in our community.”

DEQ says they have 45 days to review information from the hearing. DEQ says Alsen residents can request more public hearings before a decision is made.

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