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The county Solid Waste Authority's only landfill will be closed by Sept. 30.

The authority's decision Monday to close the landfill followed repeated attempts by the county to obtain a license from the state's Department of Environmental Resources to continue the operation of its only garbage-dumping site in Grunderville.

"We're giving up going after the permit," Tim Greenlund, chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, said.

The county has spent more than $400,000 in seeking permit renewal and, "we have no signs for approval of the site," Greenlund said Monday.

A plan is now being developed to build a "transfer station" at the site and truck all the county's wastes 30 miles east to McKean County.

McKean's landfill now serves three other northwestern Pennsylvania counties which had their landfills closed by the state.

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