Conecuh OKs landfill

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Conecuh County Commission Tuesday voted to approve a massive landfill to be located on 5,100 acres near Repton, setting in motion what is likely to be a legal fight over the issue.

Commissioners made no comment other than their “yes” and “no” votes. Jerrold Dean, Wendell Byrd and Leonard Millener voted yes. Hugh Barrow and D.K. Bodiford voted no.

Landfill opponents vowed to continue their fight against the project, which would see Conecuh Woods LLC building a landfill on 5,100 acres near Repton.

Beyond the inevitable lawsuits to be filed over the issue, the status of the landfill application is unclear. The project would still need to gain approval from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Gov. Robert Bentley has declared a moratorium on new landfills.