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Franklin Residents Prepare to Fight Landfill Placement
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Franklin residents are organizing a town meeting to discuss a proposed 350-acre ash landfill.  The dump would bring the town $1.5 million a year in revenues.

The Hartford landfill will reach capacity this December, and the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority has picked Franklin as the new site.  If approved, the town would receive some 300-thousand tons of by-product a year from the CRRA's trash-to-energy plant.  Tom Kirk is the president of the group.  On WNPR’s Where We Live, he describes what the ash from the landfill looks like.

“It is moist in consistency.  It is about 5 percent of the original volume of the trash. It is not a toxic waste and hazardous waste.”

Kirk calls the waste-management plan "environmentally sound."

But Franklin resident Jennifer Davis-Mueller disagrees.  She says the landfill will transform the town, raising unknown environmental concerns, bringing down property values, and changing the physical terrain of the proposed site.

“It’s a beautiful, pristine, gorgeous site.  Around it is beautiful, pristine forest-tall pine trees filled with all kinds of animal life. The Shetucket River is well used by recreational people.”

Edith Prague represents Franklin in the State Senate.  She raises concerns about increased congestion on the road where dump trucks will travel daily.

“Route 32 is a two-lane road.  The traffic is already very crowded because of the casino.  Sending 60 trucks a day back and forth into Franklin is just preposterous.”

The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority hopes to open the landfill by 2011.  In the next year, they say they will conduct further environmental testing, and hold public hearings.