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Holly Springs Residents Down in the Dumps Over Proposed Landfill

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RALEIGH — Wake County Commissioners are expected to hire a company to begin clearing land for a controversial landfill in Holly Springs.

Opponents who live near the landfill suspect that commissioners will vote in favor of clearing the land and go forward with the project, but they say they are not going down without a fight.

The conversion of the area into the landfill could begin in April. The plan is to clear a stretch of land off along Highway 55 in Holly Springs to make it the future site of the southern Wake landfill.

Nearby Holly Springs residents are saying "slow down."

"I think that they should hold off on grading and preparing that location until we know that they've done their homework and that they've kept the promise to their constituents," said Julie Keeler of the Citizens Action Committee.

Members of the Citizens Action Committee say the county needs to concentrate more on alternatives to traditional landfills.

"They take and they actually go through, mechanically, all of the trash and recycle up to 85 percent," Keeler explained.

But county staffers are telling the Board of Commissioners they must get the Holly Springs site ready now, because the county's current landfill will run out of space in 2003.

"Garbage and trash still gets generated. We've still got to have a landfill to dispose of it. That doesn't mean we don't continue to look at alternatives. We will continue to do that. We are continuing to evaluate that information, but we can't stop the process," said Rick Rowe, environmental services director.

The opponents want to slow down that process.


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