April 19, 2019

Cornville dropped from dump list

CORNVILLE — The state has dropped Cornville from a list of possible low-level radioactive waste dump sites, cheering town officials.

“I’m just happy it’s over,” said Cornville Selectman Mel Blaisdell after the Maine Low-Level Radioactive Waste Authority voted the site was unsuitable. “It’s a victory for the majority of the town.”

Over the past few months, residents have protested against the dump and, on May 10, voted not to allow radioactive waste in the town.

But it was a geologist from Stone & Webster Corp., which recommended the site be dropped, that convinced the authority. Sites in Auburn, Edinburg, T1-R6 township and Wiscasset still are being considered.

The geological firm cited a lack of bedrock to form natural boundaries, wetlands, a number of wells and unfavorable soil as reasons for its recommendation.

After the vote, some Cornville residents said the decision was not made soon enough.

“They could have excluded us five months ago,” said Bette Gauvin, spokeswoman for a group that has fought the dump.

The waste authority also voted Tuesday to authorize studies on the Wiscasset site.

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