Bullock County residents hope to keep landfill from popping up

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UNION SPRINGS, AL (WSFA) - Ernie Faulkner doesn't like the idea of a landfill in Bullock County.

"I'd hate it. I would not embrace a landfill anywhere," says Faulkner.

Ernie and others formed a group called Bullock County Voters Against Landfill.

They believe an outside firm wanting to clean-up illegal dumping in the county really wants to build a landfill.

"Through our investigation we felt very confident there was definitely something going on," says Faulkner.

But the Alabama Department of Environmental Management says there is no application for a landfill there.

And county leaders say they wouldn't support it if there was.

"A landfill will change the complexion of our county," says Bullock County Commission Chairman, Ronald Smith.

But just in case, the group is presenting an amendment to the Bullock County Commission that says, "the commission will not approve a landfill within the jurisdiction of the county commission during the term of this plan."

The plan is a ten year solid waste plan adopted four years ago.

"If we get this amendment approved, then a developer would have some more loops and hoops they'd have to jump through to be able to take this amendment out of the ten year solid waste plan," says Faulkner.

County leaders say they want to pass the amendment.

"I feel very strongly the commission will vote to have this amendment approved," says Smith.

They say the county doesn't need a landfill right now because there are sufficient ones in surrounding counties.

It's something Ernie hopes could keep Bullock County landfill free.

"Our efforts here are to make it much more difficult for them to put one in Bullock County," says Faulkner.

Commissioners will vote on the proposed amendment at the next county commissioners' meeting.  A public hearing will be held before the meeting.

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