Obstacle emerges to proposed southeast Kansas landfill

LANDFILL (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

GALENA, Kansas (AP) – After nearly seven months of debate, a major obstacle has emerged to a proposed southeast Kansas landfill.

Cherokee County commissioners have learned that the city of Galena will need their approval to submit an application to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The Joplin Globe reports that commission chairman Richard Hilderbrand doesn’t see that happening. He noted that the commission has always been “unanimous against it.”

Controversy arose after the Galena City Council acquired land and structured a contract for a 40-acre landfill on 160 acres near Riverton. The commissioners previously thought they would not be able to stop the proposed landfill project from moving forward.

Galena Mayor Dale Oglesby said he was astonished. Oglesby said the city “apparently has had either erroneous or incomplete information.”

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