Civil rights group opposes more trash at Dallas landfill

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Posted on August 16, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 16 at 5:21 PM

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DALLAS — The NAACP is joining the fight against putting even more North Texas trash into the McCommas landfill in southern Dallas.

Currently, garbage from single-family homes goes into the landfill; the City of Dallas wants to add all the trash from apartments and businesses.

That proposal has the civil rights organization asking the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Texas to review the plan. The NAACP says it is fighting for environmental justice.

"We know that the volume of trucks coming through the community will increase, and we know that the diesel emissions will possibly increase as well," said environmental industry consultant Hilton Kelly. "That will have a serious impact on the kids in those communities who already disproportionately suffering with respiratory problems."

The city estimates the changes at the McCommas landfill would bring in up to $15 million in additional annual revenue.

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