A day before the state issued an application review summary concluding the proposed Stage VI expansion of the North Country Environmental Services landfill in Bethlehem does not meet the public benefit requirement, NCES withdrew its application.

“[The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services] finds that the proposed facility – a landfill in Bethlehem operating at a rate of 400,000 tons per year for 2.3 years, providing about 915,000 tons of capacity during a time period that the state is projected to have excess disposal capacity and no regional or statewide capacity need – does not meet the criterion in RSA 149-M:11,III(a) [New Hampshire’s solid waste management statute] for providing a substantial public benefit,” wrote Jaime Colby, engineer in DES’s solid waste permitting and design review section.

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