There will be no ash landfill in Franklin, says CRRA.
When this landfill was announced, I remember thinking, This will never happen. Franklin is a small rural town. They have clout, they’re going to pull out all the stops and kill this thing. And so it came to pass.
Opposition was strong to the landfill, which mostly seemed to revolve around the idea that there are not enough of the poor and the powerless in Franklin to justify putting a big landfill there (see: Hartford). There were some environmental concerns, but I would like to point out that the big mountain of our garbage in the North Meadows is right next to the Connecticut River. The environmental concerns were negligible. The only concern that is real is that Franklin residents think their town is nice, and a landfill would make it less nice.
The upshot for those of us not lucky enough to live in Franklin:
CRRA spokesman Paul Nonnenmacher said the CRRA board of directors listened to the opposition, which includes Franklin residents, Gov. M. Jodi Rell and state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, and decided to abandon its plans.
“Our board listened to everybody and they said ‘OK, you want us to do something else, we’ll do something else,'” he Nonnenmacher said. That something else, however, will end up costing the communities that send refuse to the CRRA plants more money, he said.
So, congrats, Franklin, and everyone you dragooned to help you. You just cost a whole bunch of towns money for no good reason.