County supervisors disagree about what to put in landfill

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 27, 2000

County supervisors could not agree Tuesday whether other products should be disposed at a landfill off U.S. 84. G. R. Disposal Inc. wants to use the landfill to dispose of waste products from International Paper’s Natchez Mill and Georgia Pacific in Amite County. It already uses the site to dispose of nontoxic de-inking sludge for Mississippi River Corp., a company that recycles paper at a facility on Majorca Road in Natchez.

Supervisors voted Tuesday to allow the company to seek approval from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for the change.

Board president Virginia Salmon and Supervisor Sammy Cauthen voted in favor of it, but Darryl Grennell abstained from voting and Lynwood Easterling voted against it. &uot;I’m not voting against it. I’m just maintaining my consistency on it,&uot; Grennell said.

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Supervisor Thomas &uot;Boo&uot; Campbell was not at the meeting.

Grennell said he also abstained from voting when the board first talked about the landfill in spring 1999.

Even if the items in the landfill are not toxic now, Grennell said he worries they may become toxic over time. Easterling said he was against it because many residents still have concerns about the landfill.

But Cauthen said he would rather a Mississippi company get the business adding that he thought International Paper ships its waste products to Louisiana.

G.R. Disposal Inc., wants to dispose of wood products such as bark and wood chips and fly ash — a waste product from the Georgia Pacific Mill — at the landfill.

In spring 1999, supervisors approved the landfill for the disposal of the deinking sludge. The landfill is located about 5 miles east of Washington on Cedar Grove Plantation.

Supervisors may also be required to hold a public hearing on the matter.

In other business Tuesday, the board deadlocked on whether to reverse an earlier decision to help the City of Natchez fill a ditch within the city limits. The ditch is located at the corner of North Union and Grant streets across from Thompson School.

Salmon and Cauthen voted against taking part in the project, while Grennell and Easterling voted in favor of it. Cauthen said residents had complained about how the supervisors could do work at the corner but could not do similar work in other areas of town. &uot;I don’t mind cooperating with the city at all,&uot; he said. &uot;It’s the nature of the project. We can’t afford to close every ditch in Adams County.&uot;

But Grennell argued the project helps eliminate a ditch in an area that needs gutters and sidewalks.