Funny - when Wansacz was in the House of Representative, he said “Landfills don’t make great neighbors.” To put his statement in context he was talking about them not being good neighbors to cemeteries. While I agree, do landfills make great neighbors to the living? We think not. We ask that Wansacz to reconsider his present day point of view in favor of his 2009 point of view.
Full content from 2009 Letter:
TO: Ali i-louse Members
Honorable Jim Wansacz
RE: Co-sponsorship of legislation to enhance the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act by prohibiting landfills from being located within a half mile of a cemetery Formerly House Bill 1123 of 2007-2008
Landfills don’t make good neighbors. With the noise, odor and health concerns created by landfills it is no wonder that most landfill proposals are greeted with local protests and anger. While we can’t yet get rid of landfills all together, we can outline a strategy to locate
landfills in the areas where they will be least disruptive and harmful to the surrounding environment.
This legislation attempts to protect the integrity of our cemeteries by preventing excessive noise, odors and potential soil contaminants in the direct vicinity of the cemetery. It is unaccepiable io imagine that burial ceremonles might be disrupted by the sound- of heavy
machinery or potential blasting. Further, the noise and pollution from the increased traffic associated with landfills is a disruption to family members and friends attempting to visit loved ones.