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Proposed oil waste landfill near Dodge is shelved

DODGE (AP) -- A Bismarck company withdrew its permit application to build an oil field waste landfill near Dodge after residents complained about the possible negative impact on the community.

Waste Solutions LLP withdrew its application to Dunn County's Planning and Zoning Board on Monday, but didn't list a reason.

A group of residents in the county had objected to the plan, citing concerns over potential environmental problems and an increase in traffic. The company had said the facility to store solid oil field waste in an open, lined pit about two miles south of Dodge would fill a regional need and create about 10 jobs, boosting the economy. The state Health Department had given initial approval to the project.

Company Chairman Dave Barth said that media reports about the project were negative and contributed to it being derailed.

Barth, who operates a landfill north of Bismarck, said he was "disgusted" by how the situation with the proposed Dodge facility played out.

"Good operated landfills are good for a community," he said.

Waste Solutions can resubmit its permit application, according to Dunn County Planning and Zoning Administrator Sandy Rohde.

Rural Dodge resident Nancy Evans said she was disappointed that the Planning and Zoning Board did not get the opportunity to address Waste Solution's application.

"I would like to have this over and done with and (us) win," she said.