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Company revives landfill request in Madison Township site

WEST POINT — The new owner of the former Rosebud Mining property is apparently reviving efforts to bring a garbage landfill to the site located in Madison Township.

West Point Renewables (WPR) LLC has filed paperwork with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency seeking a permit to develop and operate a solid waste landfill at 13629 White Road. WPR is seeking air pollution, surface water and wetlands mitigation permits, among others.

WPR’s parent company, Vogel Holdings of Mars, Pa., purchased the Rosebud property in November 2019, and the company stated at the time it planned to develop a transfer station for recyclable materials at the site. Vogel Holding’s Ohio Valley Waste Services contracts with the solid waste district for Columbiana, Carroll and Harrison counties to take its recycling.

In 2014, Rosebud began seeking OEPA permission to develop and operate a solid waste (household garbage) landfill so it could accept drill cuttings from oil and natural gas operations in the area. The permit drew opposition from local residents and the county health department.

Those plans were abandoned and then Rosebud sold the property to Vogel Holdings, which is apparently reviving plans for a solid waste landfill.

According to permit information filed with the OEPA, the landfill would be adjacent to the existing fly ash disposal facility once operated by Rosebud. The proposed landfill would impact 119 acres and 0.2 acres of wetlands, and there would be a 3,000-foot access road into the landfill.

“The purpose of this project is to install a municipal solid waste landfill to service the eastern Ohio area. There is additional demand for solid disposal that needs to be met within the greater geographic area,” according to the permit application filed on behalf of WPR by the engineering firm of WHM Consulting of State College, Pa.

WHM states the landfill will be capable of accepting 14 million tons of solid waste. Construction is expected to begin Jan. 1, 2022, with the landfill operating until Dec. 31, 2042.

Madison Township trustee Wayne Chamberlain said they remain opposed to any landfill being opened at the site because of the problems he maintains are associated with the location.

“They’re putting in a transfer station for recycling. They’re doing that for sure and that’s okay, but a garbage landfill is something else,” he said.

Chamberlain has tried to encourage the citizens group that opposed the landfill when Rosebud was the applicant to take up the cause again but he said there does not seem to be much interest this time.

A phone message and email were left with Vogel Holdings seeking comment.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

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