News Release 300

Public hearing on Backridge Landfill expansion set for June 15

Volume 38-300 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 19, 2010--The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host a public hearing June 15 in LaGrange on the draft solid waste disposal area construction permit for a horizontal expansion to the Backridge Sanitary Landfill in Lewis County.

The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the LaGrange City Hall, 118 South Main St. 

The Backridge Sanitary Landfill is owned by BFI Waste Systems of Missouri and used for disposal of municipal solid waste, non-hazardous household, commercial, agricultural, governmental, industrial, construction and demolition wastes.

The landfill is located about 1.7 miles south of LaGrange, at the northeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and State Route B.  The landfill currently has a disposal area of 30 acres on a 70-acre site.  The proposed construction permit would allow the disposal area to be increased to 34 acres, adding an additional seven years of operating life to the landfill.

The department’s Solid Waste Management Program reviews all applications submitted by cities, counties and private owners to ensure solid waste disposal areas are properly designed and constructed.  Other technical factors that protect Missouri’s environment also are examined.

Citizens can review a copy of the draft solid waste disposal area construction permit at the LaGrange Public Library, 114 South Main, or upon request at the department’s Solid Waste Management Program Record Center, 1730 East Elm St., in Jefferson City.  Citizens should first call 573-751-3043 or fax 573-522-3344 a request to Rhonda Loveall, custodian of records, to arrange a time to review the documents at the Solid Waste Management Program Record Center. 

Please send questions and comments to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Solid Waste Management Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO  65102-0176 or call Darrell Hartley at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5401.

Members of the public can comment on the draft permit and have their comments entered into the official record either in person at the hearing or by writing to the address listed above; written comments must be received no later than June 29.

For people requiring special services or accommodations to attend the public hearing, please contact Darrell Hartley at the address and phone number listed above.