ANDERSON — The prospect of a landfill ever being built on Mallard Lake property is over.
The owners of the 254 acres at 2452 E. 300N, which included 13 acres where a landfill permit had previously been granted, have repeatedly denied allegations from a citizens group about plans to open a landfill on the property.
Last week, property owners Bex Farms Inc., along with its affiliate, 600 Land Inc., said they were going to let the landfill permit expire.
On Friday, The Herald Bulletin received official confirmation from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, that an application to renew the permit has been withdrawn.
“It is final and IDEM has advised that current regulations would make any new application for a landfill permit at this location virtually impossible to gain approval,” said Bill Kutschera of Killbuck Concerned Citizens Association in an email. “God bless the countless people, some of whom have passed on, who contributed so much of their time and energies over many of the past 37 years to keep the citizens of Madison County safe from this egregious threat which is now but an ugly memory.”
According to the former owners of the site and legal documents, the property has never been used as a landfill.
In 2013, Bex Farms Inc. purchased the 254 acres, which include the landfill site, for $1.125 million, according to county records. Bex Farms and 600 Land, which share the same address in Kalamazoo, Mich., are affiliated with Best Way Disposal in Anderson.
Andy Drummond, facility manager for Best Way Disposal and spokesman for Bex Farms and 600 Land, announced last week that it was “highly unlikely” the property would be used as a landfill, so it was not in the company’s best interest to commit “significant resources that would be necessary to renew the permit.”
The property, located near a school and waterway, has been converted back to farmland.