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So what happens when the classic "not in my backyard" project is planned....and it's in YOUR backyard? The people of Franklin, CT are finding out.
The regional authority that burns trash for power is looking for a new site to dump some 300 thousand tons of ash a year - now that the Hartford landfill is reaching capacity. They've selected a spot in Franklin, Connecticut - a small town in Eastern Connecticut that's generally off the map for big, statewide projects. Now, they're embroiled in a controversy over the most basic of NIMBY issues.
Add in the complexities of Connecticut's local control system - and these battles can divide communities. But they can also provide opportunities. Some residents of Franklin, Connecticut are ecstatic that their town has been chosen as the site of a new ash landfill. It's the residue of the tons of trash burned each year by the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. It would mean 300,000 tons of the stuff trucked to Franklin each year, but it could also mean up to $1.5 million to the town budget, sharply cutting taxes.
Today, where we live, we'll talk about this proposal - and it's impact on the town and it's residents. But, we'll also be discussing the bigger picture - when do NIMBY concerns trump the greater good? What's the process for choosing one town or the other for a big civic project?
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