Juniper Ridge Landfill

Amendment Application to License #S-020700-WD-BC-A for Continued Acceptance of In-State Municipal Solid Waste

The application is for the modification of the municipal solid waste acceptance date of March 31, 2018 in DEP license #S-020700-WD-BC-A Condition 10 as revised in Board of Environmental Protection Order #S-020700-WD-BG-Z, applicable to the existing landfill. The Juniper Ridge Landfill is owned by the State of Maine, acting through the Bureau of General Services, and operated by NEWSME Landfill Operations, LLC.

The application was accepted for processing on December 15, 2017 – Application Acceptance Letter

Application for Landfill Expansion

Contacts

  • Solid Waste Project Manager is Kathy Tarbuck, (207) 287-7743
  • State owner contact is Michael Barden, Landfill Oversight Manager, Maine Dept. of Economic & Community Development (207) 624-7436

The application is for expansion of the Juniper Ridge Landfill located in Old Town, Maine to provide an additional 9.35 million cubic yards of disposal capacity to meet the State of Maine’s long term solid waste disposal needs. The Juniper Ridge Landfill is owned by the State of Maine and operated by NEWSME Landfill Operations, LLC.

The application was accepted as complete for processing on August 7, 2015

The application consists of 5 volumes:
Note: these PDF files are very large and may take a long time to download. If you have any problems, please contact Kathy Tarbuck to make arrangements for acquiring the files.

The Department will plan to update this web page every Thursday afternoon with new general correspondence, or additional submittals from the applicant, that is pertinent to the pending NRPA and Solid Waste applications. Time-sensitive documents will be posted as soon as they become finalized. You are encouraged to check back frequently for new information as it becomes available. If you have any difficulty accessing a document, please contact Kathy Tarbuck.

June 1, 2017 - Signed license (approval with conditions)

May 22, 2017 - Board of Environmental Protection June 1, 2017 meeting announcement, agenda and documents

Comments received on the Draft License:

Draft License – April 14, 2017 – Solid Waste and Natural Resources Protection Act Draft License
Draft license comments due Monday, May 8, 2017 by 5:00 pm. Comments may be emailed to Kathy.tarbuck@maine.gov or mailed to Kathy Tarbuck, Department of Environmental Protection, 17 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0017.

Board of Environmental Protection December 15, 2016 Board meeting agenda and documents (JRL expansion application deliberative session)

November 23, 2016 - Post-Hearing Briefs received

November 9, 2016 - Hearing Transcripts

October 7, 2016 – Hearing Schedule

October 7, 2016 – Second Notice of Public Hearing (published by the Bangor Daily News 10/8/16 and sent to abutting property owners and interested persons)

September 28, 2016 – Board of Environmental Protection Sixth Procedural Order, Hearing Procedures and Schedule

September 16, 2016 – City of Old Town submittal re: Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions, Allocation of Costs for Implementation of Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions, and MDOT information

September 12, 2016 – Public Hearing Notice of JRL Expansion Application

September 9, 2016 – BGS-NEWSME Pre-filed Rebuttal Testimony

September 9, 2016 – Mr. Spencer’s Pre-filed Rebuttal Testimony

August 25, 2016 - Board of Environmental Protection Fifth Procedural Order, Rulings on the Motion to Strike Testimony

August 18, 2016 – Edward Spencer response to Motion to Strike of BGS/NEWSME

August 18, 2016 – BGS/NEWSME response to Motion to Strike of Edward Spencer

August 16, 2016 – City of Old Town response to Motion to Strike of Edward Spencer

August 12, 2016 – Motion to Strike and Incorporated Memorandum of Law submitted by BGS and NEWSME

August 12, 2016 – Motion to Strike submitted by Edward Spencer

August 8, 2016 – NEWSME response to DEP Staff’s July 15, 2016 Oversized Bulky Waste additional information request

July 29, 2016 - Pre-Filed Direct Testimony Submitted by:

July 15, 2016 – DEP Staff email requesting additional Oversized Bulky Waste information

July 11, 2016 - BGS and NEWSME Response to DEP Staff’s July 1, 2016 Oversized Bulky Waste information request.  Also includes Leachate Disposal Agreement

July 7, 2016 - Board of Environmental Protection Fourth Procedural Order, Requirement for Submission of Pre-filed Testimony and Schedule Decisions

July 7, 2016 - Memorandum on the JRL June 23, 2016 site visit

July 1, 2016 – Staff letter addressing BGS and NEWSME’s May 2016 application review response document

June 20, 2016 – Board of Environmental Protection June 23, 2016 meeting agenda and documents

June 16, 2016 - BGS and NEWSME Supplemental Bedrock Borehole Data obtained within the proposed JRL expansion footprint in response to application review comments

May 27, 2016 - Board of Environmental Protection Third Procedural Order, Documentation of Pre-hearing Conference held May 18, 2016

Response to staff and Attorney General’s Office March 30, 2016 comments on the Draft Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions document:

May 13, 2016 - BGS and NEWSME’s follow-up to DEP staff’s April 5, 2016 response letter to the March 4, 2016 submittal on DEP staff’s review comments on the application

April 6, 2016 - Staff letter addressing BGS and NEWSME's March 2016 application review response document

March 30, 2016 - Staff and Attorney General’s Office comments and questions on the draft Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions

March 30, 2016 - Draft Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions document

March 7, 2016 - BGS and NEWSME’s response to DEP staff review comments on the application

February 25, 2016 - Board of Environmental Protection Second Procedural Order, Documentation of Pre-hearing Conference held February 10, 2016

February 9, 2016 - NRPA related comments received as of February 5, 2016

January 28, 2016 - Letter to Abutters Regarding Participation in the Licensing Proceedings

January 27, 2016 - Correction to staff review comment letter

January 22, 2016 - Staff review comment letter on the application

January 21, 2016 - Board of Environmental Protection First Procedural Order, Designation of Intervenors

January 15, 2016 - January 21 Board of Environmental Protection Agenda and associated documents re: Petitions to Intervene

January 11, 2016 - Letter to Parties Regarding January 21 Board of Environmental Protection Agenda

January 7, 2016 - Petition of SSR, LLC to be an intervenor

January 5, 2016 - Opposition of BGS and NEWSME to Petition to Intervene of Antonio Blasi and Comment on Other Intervenor Petitions

December 17, 2015 - Petition of Jesse Pekkala to be an intervenor

December 17, 2015 - Petition of Antonio Blasi to be an intervenor

December 17, 2015 - Petition of Dana Snowman to be an intervenor

December 17, 2015 - Petition of Ed Spencer to be an intervenor

November 12, 2015 - Staff review comments on select portions of the application

November 19, 2015 - Letter to abutting property owners regarding intervention

November 19, 2015 - Notice of opportunity to intervene

October 23, 2015 - Permit By Rule Approval for Activity In/On/Over a Significant Vernal Pool

September 3, 2015 - Commissioner's recommendation that the Board of Environmental Protection assume licensing jurisdiction over the applications

September 3, 2015 - September 17, 2015 Board of Environmental Protection Agenda

September 3, 2015 - Notice to Interested Persons of Commissioner’s recommendation that the Board of Environmental Protection assume licensing jurisdiction over the applications

August 28, 2015 - All the requests for a hearing on the NRPA and Solid Waste Applications submitted to the Department by August 27, 2015

August 21, 2015 - Public comments and requests for a hearing on the NRPA and Solid Waste applications as of 12:00 p.m., August 20, 2015

Partial Approval of Public Benefit Determination

July 10, 2015 - Clarification on Public Benefit Determination status (pdf format)

September 14, 2012 - Commissioner’s Letter to Juniper Ridge Landfill Operator On Need To Modify Public Benefit Determination (pdf format)

January 31, 2012 - Department Order, Partial Approval of Public Benefit Determination Application for Juniper Ridge Landfill Expansion (pdf format)

September 27, 2011 - Notice of Acceptance of Public Benefit Determination Application for Proposed Juniper Ridge Landfill (pdf format)

September 23, 2011 - Acceptance of Juniper Ridge Landfill Public Benefit Determination Application (pdf format)

September 15, 2011 - Application for Public Benefit Determination for the Proposed expansion of the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town (pdf format)

Additional Information

April 9, 2004 - License Amendment Approval Order (pdf format)