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The Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday tabled action until Aug. 28 on CWM Chemical Services' request for a variance to increase the height of its hazardous waste landfill from 80 to
120 feet.

CWM public affairs manager George H. Spira and environmental engineering manager Becky Zayatz made a 40-minute presentation on the proposal for the vertical expansion of the 47-acre landfill, the only one currently operating at CWM's 690-acre site.

Spira said the growth would extend the landfill's expected life by about two years, to 2007. He said CWM would likely want to construct other landfills on its site thereafter. The company probably won't run out of room until about the year 2050, Spira said.

If the variance is approved, the company still has to go through a state permit process. CWM has agreed to demands from a local Citizens Advisory Committee to extend a self-imposed ban on seeking to build waste incinerators from 2003 to 2008, in exchange for non-opposition to the height variance from local governments and
environmental groups.

Thursday's hearing drew only about 10 persons, almost all with some connection to the company or the Citizens Advisory Committee. Committee chairman Nils Olsen said, "This community has gotten used to landfilling." He said residents also seem to realize that CWM's large gross receipts tax payments to affected towns and school districts play a large role in stabilizing property taxes.

Spira said CWM's gross receipts are down 31 percent in the past three years, and the company needs the bigger
landfill to enhance its

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