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Franklin County Residents Fight Landfill

Posted June 29, 1999

— A growing population means moretraffic, more buildings, and more garbage. But some folks in Franklin County are saying: "not in my backyard."

Angela Denton's backyard is full of life, but she is afraid that will soon change. The woods behind her house could become a landfill, covering up to a thousand acres.

"It's going to destroy the way of life. We moved here because we like this way of life," Denton says of the landfill.

Denton is not the only Franklin County resident who is concerned. More than 200 of her neighbors packed into the Gold Sand Fire Department to sign petitions fighting the landfill.

"I think all it takes is a united community spirit, and we certainly have that," said resident James Speed.

Denton is counting on that spirit to stop the landfill. "This is going to contaminate the groundwater and we're going to have to leave," Denton says. "It's real simple." Denton says the traffic, noise, and smell would drive her family away.

Representatives withWaste Managementsay the landfill is a long-term solution to a long-term problem. The division manager for the Franklin County area says the landfill will have a positive economic impact.

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