April 07, 2020

Milo meeting to give public chance to comment on landfill> Soil, water tests completed in bid for application

MILO — Residents tonight will have an opportunity to share their concerns with the Department of Environmental Protection regarding the Penquis Solid Waste Corp.’s proposed application for a 6-acre demolition-debris landfill.

For the past year and a half, the corporation — formed through a joint agreement by the towns of Brownville, Milo, Lake View Plantation and Piscataquis County — has been preparing an application for the landfill on the Lake View Road. The site is being used as a transfer station.

The public meeting at 7 p.m. in Milo’s town hall is a DEP requirement designed “to get whatever concerns out into the open,” according to James Catlin, Brownville’s town manager and president of the corporation.

Engineers from Civil Engineering Services in Brewer, the company that has designed the site, and Karen Knutti of the DEP will be at the meeting to answer questions regarding the application process and the site.

The corporation has run into a few problems with the proposed location. Milo residents at past meetings have expressed concern about environmental issues, such as possible water and air contamination.

As part of the application process, the corporation has had to perform several soil and water tests on the site, said Catlin. DEP now has the results of the various tests.

“We are in the final stages right now,” Catlin said. “The design of the facility has been laid out and, if there are any concerns, this meeting will give residents a chance to have those addressed.”

The preliminary hearing on the preliminary application will be held Tuesday in the DEP office in Bangor. Following that meeting, the corporation will submit a formal application for review to DEP.

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