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Will County public hearings set for Waste Management's landfill expansion application

JOLIET – The public is invited to comment during a series of hearings later this month regarding Waste Management of Illinois’ sought expansion of its Laraway Road site in Joliet Township.

Waste Management has submitted an application to Will County seeking approval for a 150-acre expansion of its Laraway Road site – about two miles west of Route 53, and directly west and southwest of the intersection of Laraway and Patterson roads.

The expansion – which includes two areas to the north and south of the existing 200-acre site – would provide about 10 years of additional life to the site, which is currently expected to reach capacity in 2021, according to the filed application.

Hearing dates are slated to be Wednesday, Oct. 21 and 29 in the Will County Board Room at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., assistant state’s attorney Mary Tatroe, head of the civil division of the State’s Attorney’s Office, told board members Thursday.

If Wednesday’s hearing is not completed, it will be continued Oct. 19.

Waste Management will present its plan Wednesday for expansion and anyone speaking in opposition will have opportunity to present testimony. The public would then have the opportunity to file written comment, she said.

Tatroe reminded board members that they are acting as a “quasi-judicial body” in this case, and should remain impartial during the proceedings. A three-person subcommittee with board members Suzanne Hart, R-Naperville, Tom Weigel, R-New Lenox, and Don Moran, D-Romeoville, will make a recommendation to the board after the hearings. But the County Board will have final say, Tatroe said.

The expansion site is compatible with the surrounding landscape, according to the company’s application. Documents note how, within a one-mile radius, there’s mostly open space, industry and manufacturing, and agriculture.

Waste Management intends to begin operations with the expansion in 2018, and receive about 3 million tons per year of contaminated soils, industrial waste and other debris from Will County and nearly a dozen surrounding counties.

The application is available to view online at the Will County Clerk’s website, www.thewillcountyclerk.com.

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Public hearings for Waste Management of Illinois’ application for landfill expansion

WHERE: Will County Board Room in the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet

WHEN: 2 to 6 p.m. Oct.14, 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 if previous hearing requires continuation, 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 29

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