The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority has issued a progress report on its investigation of the impact of a proposed ash landfill in Franklin. The landfill would contain residue from plants that burn trash collected from about 100 towns in the state.
The investigation is looking at the impact the plant would have on wetlands, plants, wildlife, traffic and drinking water supplies. Peter Egan of the CRRA says the Authority will have to demonstrate that the groundwater beneath the proposed landfill would flow into the Shetucket River and not into a public or a private drinking water supply. The Department of Environmental Protection requires landfills like this to be upstream of a big river, like the Shetuket. rather than a small stream so that any contaminants would be diluted.
â€œThe D.E.P. is going to require that we demonstrate with modeling that essentially if the landfill were to leak that the material that leaked out of the landfill would travel from the land fill to the river and become assimilated and diluted in the river and not impact any wells.â€
But Jennifer Davis-Muller, who lives close to the site in Franklin, says the river, used by fishermen and paddlers, should also be protected.
â€œThat sounds very nice that they are trying to keep it away from public water supply. Thatâ€™s the least of two horrible evils, but I mean my argument is I donâ€™t want to see the Shetucket polluted either.
State Senator Edith Prague says she plans to reintroduce a bill that would stop the landfill in Franklin. The CRRA says Franklin is the best site for the project.