Wisconsin's largest landfill wants to expand again
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. —
The operators of Wisconsin's largest landfill are asking state
regulators to approve plans to expand by moving contaminated garbage
to make room for more waste.
The owners of the expansive Orchard Ridge landfill in the Milwaukee
suburb of Menomonee Falls are asking the Department of Natural
Resources allow them to dig up some 1.3 million cubic yards of
contaminated waste and move it elsewhere on the 725-acre property.
A Milwaukee newspaper reports the project, along with another
expansion approved this spring, was expected to add another 21 years
to the life of the landfill. A longer lifespan means millions of
dollars in revenue for the village, which will earn about $3 million
in tipping fees this year.
The Waukesha County Environmental Action League is raising concerns
about potential environmental threats from the expansion.