Brundidge in court over landfill next week

Published 11:42 pm Thursday, May 16, 2013

The City of Brundidge will be in court next Thursday as part of the municipalities fight to keep the Brundidge Landfill open.

Landfill owner Transload America filed for bankruptcy and now Coffee County is backing a move for a company known as Brundidge Acquisitions to purchase the landfill. Brundidge said the county refused to discuss the matter with city officials.

Coffee County has not relayed whether they plan to close the landfill and keep the space for future use, or if they plan to truck in trash from other counties.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

The City of Brundidge filed a motion for an injunction and also has appealed a decision by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to transfer an operating permit from Transload to Brundidge Acquisitions.

“There is a hearing before Judge Head in the Pike County Circuit Court at 9:30 a.m. on May 23 to hear oral arguments on the Coffee County Commission’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the City,” said Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas. “The hearing officer appointed by ADEM to hear the city appeal of the issuance of the permit has set the dates of June 5 and 6 for the hearing on the city appeal of the transfer of the permit.”

Thomas said that after the hearing is over, the hearing office will render an opinion for consideration by the Environmental Management Commission (EMC), which has the final say.

“Regardless of the hearing officers recommendation, the recommendation will be considered at the quarterly meeting of the EMC August 16,” Thomas said.