Group Fights Landfill Permit

Sunland Park – New Mexico Environment Secretary Ron Curry is being asked to weigh in on a long-disputed permit for a Sunland Park landfill before he leaves his post at the end of the week.

The Sunland Park Grassroots Environmental Group is hoping for Curry to deny the renewal for the Camino Real Landfill outright or reopen the case in light of a decision by city officials in El Paso, Texas, that will reduce the amount of trash being dumped in the landfill.

The group argues that a landfill in city limits poses a health risk to the community.

Camino Real operators contend the landfill is well-run and not a health threat.

In February, the state appeals court sent the matter back to Curry. He has twice postponed a decision on the renewal.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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