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Controversial landfill project scrapped in Maury County

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The application to build a controversial new landfill in Maury County has been withdrawn.

About 250 people who opposed the project turned up at the Maury County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Wednesday evening, where representatives for two Colorado-based firms behind the plan withdrew their proposal.

So many people turned out to oppose the landfill that officials had to lock the room after it reached capacity, leaving scores of people outside.

The companies had sought a special exception to create an 845-acre landfill on Monsanto Road, within the Columbia city limits. The application was withdrawn after about an hour of technical debate on zoning regulations.

Previously, the developers said the landfill would create 162 new jobs and give the county nearly $2 million each year in revenue.

But some residents were afraid it would damage the environment and cause property values to drop.

"I'm concerned, in general, if we have one of the biggest dumps now, what is says about who we are in Columbia and the quality of life," said Pastor Joe Evans.

Attorney Gary Davis represents some of the landowners who are fighting the landfill says he thinks the strong turnout may have influenced the decision to take the plan off the table.

The application withdrawal leaves the option for the companies to submit another proposal in the future.

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