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Riverbend landfill opponents vow to keep fighting after LUBA defeat

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals on May 27 dismissed an appeal filed by the Stop the Dump Coalition, which hoped to prevent expansion of the Riverbend Landfill outside McMinnville.

The LUBA decision was a win for Waste Management Inc., which is seeking to rezone the site to greatly expand its landfill. However, the Stop the Dump Coalition vowed to keep fighting the expansion.

“The Stop the Dump Coalition strongly believes that the rezoning of the Riverbend Landfill to masquerade as farmland violates Oregon land use law,” said Ilsa Perse, board president of the coalition, in a news release. “We will continue to fight expansion of the dump with every means available to us.”

Critics of the landfill expansion include city officials and leaders of the wine industry, who are concerned that odors from the landfill will hurt tourism in the community.

For more information about the opposition campaign: http://stopthedumpcoalition.org.

For its part, Waste Management is sponsoring a community meeting on Tuesday, June 10, offering free pizza for those who show up at 6 p.m., in advance of the 7 p.m. meeting. That’s at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St. in Newberg.

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