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Residents Say Landfill Making Them Sick

Posted April 4, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Some Fayetteville residents say living next to the Cumberland County landfill is making them sick and Friday they took their message to the streets.

It's not a new protest. Residents say they've been fighting to have the county pay to move them away from the site since the landfill was built in 1980. Two years ago, 30 residentsweremoved, but those who remain say their time has come.

Resident Jean McDonald says many in the Eufala Street area have gotten seriously ill.

Each year, the county conducts two tests at the landfill. So far, none of the studies have found significant health risks associated with living near the site.

The landfill is regulated by both the state and the county. New regulations will close part of the old landfill in December and a new, fully-lined landfill is scheduled to go up less than a mile away.