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Trash talk over possible landfill expansion

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Posted at 9:12 AM, Oct 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-27 09:12:59-04

Waste management company Granger currently operates a landfill on Wood Road near Lake Lansing that takes up over 300 acres, but there's a proposal on the table requesting to add another 13 acres.

“We are currently standing in the area that is proposed for a new type three landfill unit”, said Granger Senior Director of Market Development Tonia Olson, as she stood on the site.

“It will be used for the disposal of umm impacted soil and fly ash.”

FOX 47 News Cryss Walker also spoke with Ingham County Commissioner Thomas Morgan about the proposal.

He represents the 10th district where the landfill is located.

“This expansion would not be standard trash it would be a type three landfill which is more like uh construction and demolition waste”, said Commissioner Morgan.

Granger officials told News 10 that the company has been working on an expansion plan since the year 2000.

They say a type three landfill will make their disposal operation function more efficiently.

“The material that we'll be accepting in this type three…it's already accepted in our existing facility but we're segregating it to create a better management opportunity. The things that are generally associated with landfill is nuisance can be better managed, better controlled like odors”, Olson explained.

But some residents aren't sold on the plans.

James Pyle says he's been living near the Wood Road landfill for over 20 years.

He says the expansion should be placed in an industrial area away from residents.

“The odor is not the dangerous part about this. This is about chemicals that are going into the ground. That's the issue”, Pyle said.

The DEQ has until January to make a decision.

Residents can learn more about the proposal November 1st during a public hearing at Asbury United Method Church in Lansing at 7:00 p.m.

FOX 47 News also reached out to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality about the landfill proposal.

We're still waiting for a call back.