Murfreesboro’s Middle Point Landfill (the largest municipal landfill in Tennessee) has for years operated with minimal oversight and regulation. This led the Rutherford County Chapter of SOCM to launch a long-term Stop the Stink campaign for meaningful state regulation of the facility (and solid waste alternatives to landfilling).
Earlier this year, SOCM discovered that Republic Services (the operators of Middle Point) had been illegally blasting at their adjacent quarry for years. Once we discovered they lacked an NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) water quality permit, they were forced to stop their quarry operations. But Republic has now applied for the permit so they can resume blasting…
Last week, Rutherford County SOCM and Walter Hill residents yet again took action at a public hearing on Middle Point Landfill.
In order to gain this permit, Republic is supposed to prove this blasting will not put water quality at risk. They have provided no evidence of this and community members voiced strong opposition to granting this permit.
We must keep up the pressure and take action to stop this permit and the dangerous blasting and mining activities it would allow!
State regulators are accepting more public comments.
The deadline is Friday, December 16th.
Please voice your opposition to TDEC granting this permit by sending your comments to:
or by mail to:
TDEC Division of Water Resources, 3711 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, Tenn. 37921 Attn.: Public Notice Coordinator
Here are some talking points to use when writing your public comments:
1) Republic did not even complete their application for this NPDES permit. For example, they included no evidence to support their claims that the blasting and mining could not impact water quality. Yet, they are required to do so on the permit application.
2) If granted this permit, Republic would resume blasting right next to Middle Point Landfill and the Rutherford County Landfill. The Middle Point Landfill is the largest municipal landfill in the state. And the Rutherford County Landfill is known to already be polluting the East Fork Stones River.
Using explosives in this area risks destabilizing and discharging harmful waste inside the landfill, damaging landfill safety systems, and more – which could cause even more leakage of harmful chemicals.
3) TDEC must reevaluate or deny the permit on the grounds that the proposed blasting and related activities creates an unacceptable risk of pollution.
If you have any questions and/or would like to get involved, please contact:
Middle Tennessee SOCM: 615-398-1776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rutherford County Chapter of SOCM meets the third Tuesday of every month at SOCM Space (311 South Maney Avenue, Murfreesboro, TN), 6:30pm Central.