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Northwest says not to landfill

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

NORTHWEST—The town board voted 3-2 Monday night not to annex or rezone a 300-acre tract in northern Brunswick County that a company wanted to use for a construction and demolition landfill.

The proposed construction and demolition landfill would have been used for demolished homes and construction debris including wood, glass or shingles, according to the project management team.

“We are pleased but cautious,” said Beth Souther of the Cape Fear Citizens for a Safe Environment. “We’re cautious about the future because it seems that our region is ripe for developers who want to build dumps.”

The CFCSE was formed during the recent fight against plans for a 350-foot auto fluff landfill planned for an area that was satellite annexed by the town of Navassa.

After years of fighting the proposal, residents learned last year that Sims Hugo Neu withdrew its proposal for the landfill in the wake of state legislators’ attempts to return the satellite-annexed property to the control of the county, effectively killing the deal.

Souther said she was pleased with the decision and with the statement from the county commissioner representing the northern end of the county.

“Brunswick County Commissioner Bill Sue made it clear that this region should be used for higher, better purposes than landfills,” Souther said about Sue’s speech at the meeting.

She noted company representatives implied they might be back, so her group and other local citizens will be “vigilant.”