A fight is brewing over plans for a gigantic new landfill in Maury County, as a Colorado company is looking to build the site in a quiet area known for wildlife.
"We might have 10 or 20 turkeys in the backyard. Almost everyday, there's deer coming back and forth through here all the time," said homeowner Patricia Jones. "My husband, and him grew up here in Columbia, he says this is the only place where he's seen a bobcat."
The landfill would cover more than 840 acres along Monsanto Road, and nearby residents are concerned about the noise, the smell and the health of the environment.
The Duck River also flows nearby.
"We have just now seen our county property values starting to increase again because of the economy and Saturn shutting down and starting back up again. This is one thing we do not see, because if something is zoned for a landfill, it will always be a landfill," said real estate agent Diane McKee.
According to our partners at the Columbia Daily Herald, the landfill would create about 160 new jobs.
Some are also quick to point out that there are already other landfills in the county.
Community leaders say the new landfill proposal will have to clear several more hurdles before the project can begin.
"One of the major things they're going to have to do is, of course, all the approvals Maury County gives them will be subject to state approval and federal laws," said J.P. Hatch, with the county building and zoning office.
The Maury County Board of Zoning Appeals will review the proposal Sept. 11.
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