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August 31, 2013

Mayor: Flare shutdowns at landfill will be 'fixed shortly'

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“We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” he said.

Holaday told the neighbors that city officials and the DEP will be communicating weekly in hopes of being “more proactive than reactive.” She has requested a complete list of items that need to be addressed for the final closure, the mayor added.

“We are almost there,” she wrote.

Klodenski said he hopes that’s true.

“We’ve been ‘almost there’ for three years now,’” he said. “I hope it happens, but it won’t surprise me if it gets delayed again.”

The landfill was purchased in 2000 by the company New Ventures with the plan of closing it by heaping tons of demolition debris on top and capping it. Since then, city officials have been working to get it completely capped — a lengthy battle between the city and the landfill owner that at times has led to court action.

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