Thursday, April 29, 1999

Anti-landfill group to discuss fight

Morrow activists meet about BFI site

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MORROW — Supporters of a Warren County anti-landfill association will meet at 7 p.m. today to discuss the battle over the Bigfoot Run waste site.

        Trustees of the Morrow Environmental Preservation Association (MEPA) are inviting all those interested in the status of the legal fight between operators of the Bigfoot Run landfill — Browning-Ferris Industries of Ohio Inc. (BFI) — and Warren County commissioners.

        The meeting is at Valley Vineyards at 2276 Ohio 22/U.S. 3.

        BFI operates the only landfill in Warren County at Bigfoot Run, but that site is to reach capacity and close May 11.

        After BFI's rezoning application for expanding the Bigfoot Run waste site was rejected in December by county commissioners, the waste disposal company filed a lawsuit against the commissioners alleging its application was not treated fairly.

        The lawsuit is pending.

        BFI is also pursuing a plan to build a landfill on part of the site that was formerly the Alpine Ski resort in Morrow.

        In 1997, Morrow Village Council passed an ordinance rejecting the zoning application.

        That action was unfair, BFI officials said, which led to a lawsuit against Morrow officials.

        The village ordinance was later rejected in a decision rendered in 1998 by Judge P. Daniel Fedders of Warren County Common Pleas Court.

        Earlier this year, Morrow council members voted to forward BFI's rezoning application to the planning commission.


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