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Appeals Court Denies Landfill’s Appeal in Waste Dispute

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The state Court of Appeals isn’t allowing a landfill in northeastern New Mexico to accept special wastes, including those contaminated with petroleum and asbestos.

The court on Thursday in Santa Fe upheld a 2007 state regulatory decision. The Environment Department turned down a landfill request to accept non-hazardous special wastes, which also included wastes from plants where animals are killed.

Northeastern New Mexico Regional Landfill went to court to challenge then-Environment Secretary Ron Curry’s denial of changes to a solid waste permit.

Mora County and Wagon Mound residents challenged the agency’s decision to allow the landfill to accept wastes transported by railroad. However, the court rejected their appeal.

It’s possible the state Supreme Court could be asked to review the regulatory dispute.

The landfill is about six miles north of Wagon Mound.

 

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