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1. Ban Plastic Shopping Bags in Queensland

Australians use over 4 billion plastic shopping bags per year but yet only the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and the Northern Territory have bans on them with fines for breaches of their laws.

A clear majority of people strongly supported the measures in these states. Campbell Newman recently scrapped plans to ban single-use shopping bags in Queensland citing cost of living reasons. The fact is that most people can afford to spend small change on reusable shopping bags when it can make such a big difference.

Single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags also cause injury to animals. Plastic bags look like jellyfish and as many as 30% of turtle deaths in Moreton Bay alone are attributed to them. One crocodile was reported to have 25 plastic bags in its stomach which prevented it from digesting its food and resulted in it dying from starvation.

Just remember that these bags are non-biodegradable when they enter landfill and take up to 1,000 years to breakdown. They are a short-term convenience with long-term impacts and a sign of our throw-away society.

For more information please read the report at:

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/explore/ResearchPublications/ResearchBriefs/2010/RBR201028.pdf

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2. Say NO to Wixams Landfill

The odour, the effects on the environment, the increase in traffic (including 90= lorries per day), the risk of the Wixams development not being completed.... the list goes on!

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3. REQUESTING MAYOR OSCAR CAMANTILES, DENR-CAR, EMB, & PAMB NOT TO ENDORSE THE PROPOSED ESL AT TAPAK

WHEREAS, under R.A. 9003, it is the municipality/city that is mandated to implement/establish a final depository area for its municipal wastes. The mandate for barangay-LGU is to establish a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for the segregation and collection of solid wastes specifically for biodegradable, compostable, and reusable wastes;

WHEREAS, the identified area for the final waste disposal facility of the Municipality of Itogon in its Municipal Ecological Solid Waste Management Plan (MESWMP) is at Luneta-Antamok, Brgy. Loakan, NOT in Brgy. Ampucao;

WHEREAS, the proposed site is within a protected area. It is within the jurisdiction of the Lower Agno Watershed Forest Reserve (LAWFR). Since it is within a watershed, the area should be protected and planted more with trees in support to Executive Order (EO) 26 or the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government, which mandates the planting of trees in 1.5 million Ha. for 6 years in public domain such as Protected areas, Ancestral Domain areas, reservation, mining areas and other suitable areas. The partner agencies in the program even include the LGU and DepEd, among others;

WHEREAS, we can clearly see the fully grown Benguet Pine Trees and saplings in the area. The construction of an ESL in the area will mean cutting of the said trees, which is a violation of Executive Order (EO) 23, which is the Logging Moratorium in Natural and Residual Forest or the Total Log Ban Order;

WHEREAS, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Benguet Governor, the Baguio City Mayor, the Ampucao Punong Barangay, and the contractor representative, Dr. Cho Yong Seog was executed on May 18, 2011. The said MOU revealed that the plan is to establish a Temporary Staging Area/Temporary Sanitary Landfill (TSA/TSL) as Phase 1 to be utilized by Baguio City for its garbage that are not being processed by its ERS machines at Irisan. The ESL, when completed, will be used by Baguio City for 25 years. It is also stated in the MOU that the ESL project is for La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay;

WHEREAS, the creeks near the site will flow down to the Sal-angan River downstream. Several studies revealed that even a state-of-the-art ESL will release toxins to the air and will eventually release toxic-bearing leachate to the ground and surface water. Even the best liner and leachate collection systems will ultimately fail due to natural deterioration and are predicted to break down in about twenty (20) years after they are installed. This may not be detected during the time the landfill operators are actively and financially obligated, because NOBODY KNOWS WHEN IT WILL LEAK;

WHEREAS, there are people living near the proposed site. If this project will push through, definitely, the health of these people will be at risk. Studies released in other countries stated that people living near solid wastes landfills revealed increased incidence of cancers of the stomach, liver, prostate, lung, cervix/uterus, bladder, rectum and leukemia among men and women. The landfill liners and plastic pipes allow chemicals and gases to pass through their membranes, become brittle, swell, and break down;

WHEREAS, garbage trucks going to Tapak will be passing daily along the Philex-Kias route, which will cause air pollution affecting the residents along the road;

WHEREAS, because the plan is to establish first a TSA/TSL, it would mean an open dumpsite-like facility first. This will attract rodents and other insects in the area, which will affect nearby residential areas. This will be like the Alno sanitary landfill of La Trinidad, Benguet. The design is an ESL, but look at it today. The wastes are exposed, attracting all kinds of flying and crawling insects and there are scavengers also in the area.

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4. Stop Stowey Quarry 2012

Bath and North East Somerset Council have re-advertised the planning application notices requesting permission to use Stowey Quarry in the Chew Valley as a landfill site for up to 645,000 tonnes of asbestos.

We believe the site is unsuitable for the following reasons:
• The quarry sits on top of an escarpment with nearby springs and streams feeding into the Chew Valley Lake, a reservoir providing 50 million litres of water a day to Bristol and the surrounding area.
• Bristol Water oppose the plans.
• The sides of the quarry have suffered from landslip.
• The base of the quarry has been quarried so comprehensively that the base is too thin to adequately contain this volume of waste.
• Water used from the springs below the quarry is used for agricultural purposes.

Given this evidence we believe that the chance of asbestos being released into the air, or of contamination of local water sources through effluent escaping into the ground is unacceptable. Due to land slippage, the quarry is not capable of containing asbestos for the long term (as it will be required to do). Our understanding is that no liner, however excellent, is fool-proof and in this event there is a significant risk that asbestos and other waste could escape from the landfill site resulting in the water courses and surrounding land becoming being permanently polluted.

We also believe that the initial Environmental Impact Assessment (produced on behalf of the applicant) was inaccurate and misleading. The Stop Stowey Quarry campaign has commissioned an independent hydro-geology report to support our challenge.

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5. Stop the Ingersoll dump

"One Hundred Trucks of Toronto's garbage a day could be landing in our own backyard in the not-too-distant future. Walker Environmental Group is making the proposal to Beachville and Centreville residents today. They want to transport as much as 850,000 tonnes of garbage per year to the Carmeuse Lime Quarry in Beachville. The site also borders on the Ingersoll town line."

104.7 heart fm quote

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6. No BFI/Prairie Sky Resouce Dump near Blackie, AB

BFI Canada has approached the residents living in and around Blackie, Alberta to allow them to build a class ll landfill one mile SE of the hamlet of Blackie. BFI has named it the Prairie Sky Resource Centre and claims this dump will not contaminate groundwater resources, that it will provide jobs and increase property values, etc.

BFI claims they will take care of any concerns such as odors, blowing garbage, dust, noise and birds. BFI has a notorious bad record througout North America and the majority of the residents of Blackie want no part of the proposed Prairie Sky Resource Centre.

BFI claims this dump will be good for our beautiful area and for our community but we say NO IT WON'T so GO AWAY!

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7. Stop The Mascotte Landfill

The Mascotte City Council is hearing a proposal to build a landfill on 250 acres of environmentally sensitive land. The land borders on farms and residential areas.

The proposal has already passed a first reading, and is up for a second vote on October 3rd at the City Council meeting. They are in a rush to pass this to pay for past bad financial decisions, but the numbers don't add up. There are other alternatives to solve the city's financial difficulties, like consolidating services with neighboring towns.

We feel the requested site imposes a severe threat ti the health and welfare of our families, and that approval of such a site and plan is reckless and dangerous action by the commissioners.

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8. Mandatory Biodegradable Packaging

Have you ever bought something and got frustrated just removing all the unnecessary packaging material? Styrofoam and plastic stay in landfills for hundreds of years seeping toxic chemicals into the soil which compounds the global warming problem.

To give your children and grandchildren a better future with less toxic waste, please sign and pass on this EPA petition requiring all businesses to use only biodegradable packaging material.

This law would significantly reduce the landfill greenhouse gases and harmful chemicals left by the degradation of environmentally damaging materials.

We will present this petition to the EPA when we reach 1,000 signatures. Together, we can make a difference.

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9. Stop Unwanted Unnecessary Packaging

Do you find that when you go to the supermarkets and shops that packaging could be minimised?

Bananas in packed in plastic bags for instance, or Herbal tea bags individually wrapped, fruit wrapped in cardboard and hard plastic (special (posh?) packs of 2 or 4 fruits) Tetra packs!

And so many more unnecessary packages, I am just naming a few.

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10. Keep San Francisco's Waste Stream Green

The City of San Francisco is currently reviewing HOW and WHERE to dump our garbage. A billion-dollar contract will be awarded for taking the most toxic of our waste, the non-recyclable trash, to a landfill.

Keep San Francisco's Waste Stream Green is a group of concerned residents calling on the City and County of San Francisco to conduct a full environmental impact study of the different options available. It is our waste, so it's our responsibility to remove and dispose of it in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.

San Francisco, green and progressive, leads the nation in recycling and composting, but we still send 1,800 tons of trash to a landfill every day! Do you know where our non-recyclable trash goes now, and where it may go in 2015?

Since 1987 our trash has been going to the nearby Altamont Landfill located in the arid hills of the Inner Coast Range, about 50 miles from San Francisco and far removed from the rich agricultural central valley of California. Therefore, any leakage from the landfill would cause no damage to agricultural farm land. Furthermore, the Altamont landfill has the capacity to take San Francisco's trash for the next 35 to 50 years.

The S.F. Department of the Environment recently recommended that beginning in 2015, San Francisco send its non-recyclable trash 130 miles to the Ostrom Rd. Landfill in Yuba County, the poorest county in the state. Surprisingly, they made this recommendation without ever visiting this site, located amid orchards and farmland.

The current proposal has been assigned to the Budget and Finance Committee for consideration before it will go to the full Board of Supervisors for final approval.

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11. Cure Phuket's Plastic Addiction

Phuket is an island in the Andaman sea, its is a small island and much of its income is dependent on tourists flocking to Phuket because of its pristine beaches and natural beauty, not to mention its fantastic nightlife.

But with Phuket's current plastic addiction every day tonnes of plastic waste is being sent Phukets landfill and the incinerator at its maximum the problem is only getting worse with each passing day.

It is up to Phuket citizens and students to join together and help reduce plastic consumption in Phuket.

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12. Campaign to Save Our Bottoms

AmerenUE has proposed constructing a 400 acre, 100 foot tall coal waste landfill on 1100+ acres recently purchased river bottomland.

This land, in the 100 year floodplain of the Missouri river, will store coal combustion waste from the AmerenUE Labadie power plant as well as its other plants.

Coal waste contains hazardous substances such as arsenic, selenium, lead, cadmium, mercury, and others that are toxic to humans, animals, and plants. It can accumulate in the environment and remains for hundreds of years creating environmental dangers to this and future generations.

The Missouri River provides drinking water to St Charles and St. Louis Counties. Coal ash and landfills do not belong in a floodplain.

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13. Encouraging Fast Food Restaurants and Outlets to Provide Recycling Facilities for Consumers

For many years Australians have been among the most enthusiastic recyclers in the world, however most fast food restaurants and outlets in Australia do not recycle or even offer customers the opportunity to recycle their waste. Furthermore, the majority of waste products from fast food meals including cups, bottles, aluminium cans, cardboard chip packets and paper wrappers, are fully recyclable but are being placed into landfill.

According to an academic study conducted in 2007 by the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, waste generated by the packaging of fast food is 93% recoverable, in other words only 7% need go to landfill. The reality is that industry-wide only 29% is actually recovered with 71% of mostly recyclable packaging waste from the fast food industy going to landfill.

The research from this study indicated that it is possible to reach the achievable recovery potential in the exisiting solid waste infrastructure through new waste management practices, which are designed and operated according to waste producers's needs and demands. A consistent government approach is believed by the study to greatly assist in achieving lower waste, like in Taiwan.

In Taiwan, legislation was passed in 2004 that required its 600 fast-food restaurants, including McDonalds, Burger King (Hungry Jacks), and KFC, to maintain facilities for proper disposal of recyclables by customers. Diners are obliged to deposit their garbage in four separate containers for leftover food, recyclable paper, regular waste and liquids. Restaurants that don't comply face fines up to USD$8,700.

In March/April 2010, this petition will be forwarded to the head offices/CEOs of the most popular restaurants including McDonald's, Hungry Jacks, Burger King, Subway, KFC and Red Rooster etc. Copies of the petition will also be sent to the federal and state environment ministers to encourage the government to introduce legislative changes that encourage fast food franchises to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.

Most of the information in this petition was sourced from www.thegreenpages.com.au

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14. Citizens To Preserve Morgan County - Stop The Landfill

Morgan County was created in 1807 and named for Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan. The county houses some of the most beautifully restored antebellum homes and towns in the South. We have all worked hard to maintain our quality of life throughout our economic growth. Morgan County is located at the center of 5 major cities, has access to the rail system, and direct interstate access for maneuverability.

These geographic advantages has made the entire county (Madison, Bostwick, Rutledge, Buckhead) a target for a Municipal Solid Waste landfill companies... that will bring trash to our historic community from all the southeast states and beyond.

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15. Say No to an expanded quarry and landfill at Tharbogang

Griffith City Council wants to build a much bigger and expanded quarry that will eventually be operated 7 days a week (blasting) with major impacts on, landowners and residences in the tharbogang and lake wyangan areas. They then want to use the fractured and stressed quarry beds to support an expanded landfill.

This will probably mean:

-more intense and frequent vibrations (proposed blasting 7 days a week by 2030 or thereabouts)

-more dust and toxic particulate matter (what impact will these have on children, pregnant women and the elderly and the sufferers of asthma and other health problems)

-more chances for groundwater and soil contamination in surrounding properties

-the visual impact of having the eastern side of the ridge, the side facing lake wyangan, our top tourist and recreational facility, removed. It currently looks scarred but the proposed development will be much worse.

-potential smells and other nuisance such as flying plastic bags.

-increased traffic

-potentialy dangerous pits with their bottoms filled with enough water to attract curious children.

-the reduction in value of our surrounding properties. By gaining approval for this development council will devalue the properties surrounding it. Bigger exclusion zones will be imposed restricting what you can do on your land just because they decided to expand their operations.

-adjoining landowners and those within a specified radius of the development may have added requirements for building a dwelling. You might have council impose the inclusion of double glaze windows or stronger foundations to withstand the constant blasting that is being proposed down the track.

-existing landowners may find that their da application for subdivision or rezoning may not be looked at favourably by council due to councils own competing interests.

-most certainly future subdivision applications will not be looked at in the same light should this development proceed.

-where will town be in 50 years, i bet there will be a lot many more people living around the ridge in both tharbogang and lake wyangan. These people will suffer like the people of west end do with lavenders bend (the current problem sewage treatment plant for the non-locals).

This will be approved if we dont do anything to prevent it.

This sort of development deserves to be well out of town away from residences and industries that may be compromised by leaks of contaminated groundwater, leachate and particulate matter.

See more at www.no-quarry-expansion.com

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16. Cease Coyote Hunting on Niagara 12 Landfill

This petition is in response to a motion made on Sept 3, 2008 by Public Works Committee to permit members of the Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers to enter the Niagara Road 12 Landfill areas to hunt and kill coyotes.

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 Some valid information pertaining to the humane control of coyotes in California:

-A state that had an on-going problem with coyotes. However, in the past decade California has shown positive results with non-lethal coyote control. By sharing some of their studies and public information, it may shed light on how to respond to the situation in our own back yard.

The California Statistics Service found that in areas where coyote populations have been lethally controlled, the ratio of females to males increase and animals from outside areas quickly fill the void! Coyote control causes an increase in litter size (from 4 to 10 pups) and increases the number of yearling females breeding. Like wolves, coyotes allow only the alpha pair to breed and disruptions to the pack cause all females within that pack to breed.
Killing Coyotes Increases Overall Coyote Populations!

Lethal control techniques have ensured that only the most resilient coyotes survive, resulting in the creation of a "super coyote.' Non-lethal predator controls appear to be cheaper and more efficient in the long term.

Non-lethal predator control methods have proven, in California, to
effectively and humanely ward off predators without disrupting ecosystems. Successful methods include the use of guard dogs, mixing sheep with cattle, frightening devices, fencing, penning during lambing and calving , and the removal of carcasses from birthing areas. Using two or more of these techniques together have dramatically reduced the need for lethal predator control in the state of California.

These non-lethal methods allow wild animals to maintain their important roles in the ecosystem. Since coyotes eat mostly rodents, not sheep, some local farmers say that leaving the coyotes alone helps reduce rodent problems on their land. As well, coyotes control the deer population.
The California Statistics Service also found that for cattle and calf deaths, coyotes caused 1.6% of all deaths and those predators overall only caused 2.7% of cattle and calf deaths. Other causes of death were far greater: digestive problems, respiratory problems, unknown causes, birthing, weather, poison and theft.

While the percentage of damage actually caused to livestock was relatively low, the cost of lethal wildlife control was high. When state and local contributions were added, coyotes killed at an average cost easily exceeding $100 per animal. Costs sometimes exceeded $2,000 per animal. It was reported that in every western state, the cost of Wildlife Service's livestock protection work exceeded reported livestock losses.

Inhumane trapping and killing is NOT an effective means of controlling wildlife!

Only deterrence is effective and proper fencing has proven to be 100% effective- it's also cheaper and safer, since coyotes primarily come out at night.

Here is some information on coyotes and ways to deter them.

Chickens, rabbits and other small animals often kept outdoors should be kept in well-protected areas and in sturdy cages at night. Cages made of chicken wire will not keep desperate coyotes or other predators from entering. Stronger gauge wiring is a necessity in protecting these small animals.

If you follow these guidelines, you will not only keep coyotes away but also other wildlife, stray dogs, feral cats and robbers.

Keep your cat or small dog indoors. You wouldn't leave a pile of money sitting out on the street. Don't leave your pet out there either in coyote territory. Coyotes are actually the least of your pet's worries. Your pet can be killed by cars, dogs, cats, kids, poison...

Accompany your small dog on a leash in a well-lighted area at night for walks. It's best to walk small dogs on a leash in the daytime.

Fence your property with tall solid fences buried under the ground with "Coyote Roller" on top, or angled with barbed wire.

Don't allow pets to roam from home, especially at night

Don't leave water bowls for pets outdoors

Don't leave garbage containers open
Don't trap them. They rarely get in a trap and it's expensive. Coyotes roam
100 miles so unless you're willing to follow across the country, it will
rarely keep that one coyote away and may cause two more coyotes to come and
fight for the new territory.

Block all entrances to the crawl space under your house so they can't den.

Don't leave pet food outside, particularly at night

Don't poison them- you will end up poisoning your cat, dog, kids besides attracting raccoons, insects and disease. It's not even effective.

Don't shoot them. They are generally only visible at night. If you try to
shoot one, you will probably shoot your neighbor or dog instead. It's also illegal to shoot a firearm in most cities, counties or near homes.

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17. Brumby! Offer to buy back Brookland Greens.

Please sign this petition directed to the Victorian government for an offer to purchase homes within the Brookland Greens estate.

For the last fifty years the state government have purchased homes found to be within high fire danger zones to ensure the safety of residents and emergency services.

With readings of Methane at explosive levels still occurring, here is an immediate course of action that has precedence and is shown to work.

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18. Canadian Lesiglation to Keep Printer Cartridge Refilling Alive

Each year, landfills around the globe are flooded with more than 300,000,000 printer cartridges. Virtually all of these cartridges could have been either refilled or recycled. Why weren’t they? The majority of printer manufacturers are taking steps, such as embedding electronic chips in their cartridges, to prevent third-party refilling or recycling.

The Canadian Government must take action now and put in place laws that will prohibit printer manufacturers from creating non-refillable cartridges, thus dramatically decreasing this unnecessary buildup of electronic waste in landfills.

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19. Vote No to Landfill Expansion

PETITION UPDATE:

On February 19th 2008, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners postponed voting on the 65 acre Baseline Landfill expansion until July 15th 2008. We are asking for your continued support in signing this very important petition opposing this expansion. This expansion raises immediate health concerns for the neighboring family communities, Forest High School, and the Rotary Sports Complex.

Health, Environment and Quality of Life:

As residents of Marion County we need to be concerned about our environment, health and quality of life. Landfill expansion into a karst-sensitive (sinkhole-prone) area poses a threat to both the aquifer and the quality of life we are leaving behind for future generations. Eliminating this threat and protecting our environment takes careful analysis, planning, and long term vision. The proposed expansion is short sighted, puts the environment at risk and places a higher value on cost savings over life.

Mismanaged Tax Dollars:

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners has mismanaged the taxpayer dollars and ran the current landfill into a deficit of $1.8 million and wasted $6 Million on a failed transfer station project that lasted a little over three years. The transfer station was voted to be shut down on February 5th, 2008.

Broken Promise:

In 2001 an ordinance in Marion County was passed prohibiting any more class I, II, or III landfills being built or expanded after January 1, 2002. Our current elected Commissioners have taken the liberty to revoke this ordinance, therefore breaking the promise to the citizens of Marion County.

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20. Save the Mangalore Tiers from unsuitable Landfill

A proposal to site a landfill in a steep gully catchment area North of Hobart has been on the books for some 7 years. Despite it being against current best practice of not siting it in a gully/valley drainage area, this proposal is heading for a determination by the Tasmanian Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal.

The area has been described by the National Parks and Wildlife service as being a vunerable Flora community (wet E. Globulus) with significant conservation values.

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21. Stop Waste in Sydney

Stop Waste in Sydney region and beyond.

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22. Buy Recycled

A petition to force the United States government to only purchase paper made out of 100% recycled fibers; to reduce energy use, deforestation, landfill overflowage, and waterway pollution (hydrogen peroxide, which is usually used to whiten recycled paper, does not pollute our waterways).

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23. Against an Inert Landfill in Center Park

At the September 4, 2001 East Point City Council regular meeting, Council passed resolution on an alternative site for yard waste disposal.

"Now, therefore, let it be resolved that the City Manager is directed to pursue the designation or acquisition of an appropriate plan for yard waste disposal for Council approval in the next 90 days."

"Be it further resolved that the City Manager shall begin immediately after the above date (90-days) the process of reclamation of the property known as Center Park back into a community park."

This resolution has never been upheld. This site is still being dumped in not only by the City of East Point but by private contractors. This operation has to stop and Council needs to get the City Manager moving with this resolution.

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24. Inert Landfill in Center Park

Feb 26, 2006

This petition is now closed. Thanks to all who signed.

September 07, 2001

This land has been used as an Inert Waste Landfill for many years and we "the Citizen's of East Point, Georgia" want this operation stopped. This landfill in its present state is operating against the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Chapter 391-3-4-.06 (Solid Waste Management) rule.

The City of East Point has not provided any permit applications, Notification of Permit By Rule Operations, monitoring reports (391-3-4-.17), inspection reports or any other demonstrations of compliance of Chapter 391-3-4 (Solid Waste Management).

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