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MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -

Not in our backyard.

That's the message people living in a Columbiana County community are sending to a company looking to expand its business.

The Rosebud Mining Company wants to expand a landfill in Madison Township along State Route 45. 

Approximately a hundred people packed the Days Inn conference room in Lisbon Wednesday night.

The Rosebud Mining Company has to have this public hearing as it applies for a permit with the Ohio EPA for its West Point Landfill in Madison Township. The permit would allow the company to receive municipal solid waste, which would include drill cuttings, or rock chips from the oil and gas industry.

"It's a much more rigorous permitting process. Much more rigorous construction, inspection," said Gary Alkire, with Rosebud Mining Company.

A member of the consulting firm for the project, explains the landfill would be more than 117 acres and would have several layers of clay plastic liners.

"We're required, first off, to be 15 feet higher than the ground water table...the upper most aquafor," said Dan Smallwood, with Bair & Goody Associates.

But residents fear the drilling waste will contain levels of radiation.

"Would Rosebud/Westpoint LLC permit a community-appointed waste inspector to assess the landfill site?," asked Chris Cuic.

It wasn't long ago that they had to do battle with a different landfill company in a nearby area that was illegally dumping harmful materials.

"There's too many "I don't knows" about this, but I can tell you one thing for me personally, and I think I speak for this room. None of us want this here," said Jenny Laneve.

Alkire tried to reassure residents, "We would like to work with you as opposed to working against you. We will be as transparent as we can during this process."

Representatives from the Ohio EPA did not speak on camera, but explained that there would be two more public hearings on the requested permit before the agency makes a decision.


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