Status of Stoddard County landfill still in limbo

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

DEXTER, Mo. -- A landfill is Stoddard County that serves Cape Girardeau and Jackson is still awaiting word on whether it can begin to accept waste again.

Lemons Landfill in Dexter has been unable to accept waste since late February after the Missouri Department of Natural Resources expressed concerns about the stability of a new "cell." A cell is a lined pit in the ground in which landfill waste is buried.

DNR had concerns about the stability of the cell's liner and ordered a series of tests to determine the stability. At the time, an answer to whether the cell could be used was expected in just a few weeks, but DNR officials say word could be another week to two weeks away.

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