Landfill Causes Problems for Nearby School

By: Courtney Hayes
By: Courtney Hayes

Deane Bozeman Learning Center welcomes more than 1,100 kids every morning, but right across the street trucks roll by taking potentially dangerous material to this landfill.

The site only accepts construction debris, so at least there's no smell, but the landfill does take non-airborne asbestos and that has some neighbors on edge.

You would think this would be upsetting to school officials, but it isn't.

"Asbestos is not water-soluble and cannot get into the groundwater," says Bob Thomas of the Bozeman Learning Center.

The Department of Environmental Protection requires the dump site be at least 500 feet away from the nearest drinkable water supply.

The school's well has only a highway to separate it from the landfill, but Thomas says the active dump is more than a mile back from the road and far enough away from Bozeman's water supply.

"We test our water every month and DEP hasn't found any problems," says Thomas.

The DEP says the landfill is supposed to have trained spotters that turn away any load that has the dangerous inhalable form of asbestos. Disposal Depot officials did not return phone calls regarding a tour of their facility Wednesday.

The Disposal Depot is one of 10 construction debris landfills in Bay County. That's more than any other county in the state according to the DEP.


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