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Casella dealt Major Blow On Bethlehem Expansion!

Casella dealt Major Blow On Bethlehem Expansion!

Casella dealt Major Blow On Bethlehem Expansion! Casella dealt Major Blow On Bethlehem Expansion!

Does This Look Like A Good Spot For A Landfill? 

Casella Dealt Major Blow To NCES Landfill Expansion!

Stage VI Expansion Permit Withdrawn


BREAKING NEWS! Likely due to its failure to show public benefit given that NH currently has enough landfill capacity to handle its own waste: "North Country Environmental Services, Inc. (NCES), has withdrawn its application to expand the NCES landfill located in Bethlehem, NH into an area referred to as Stage VI. As such, NHDES will render no decision on the application.  NCES’ withdrawal letter and NHDES’ letter acknowledging the withdrawal will be available within one business day on the NHDES Solid Waste Management Bureau webpage under Hot Topics at the following link:…/divisions/…/swmb/index.htm.

 "...NHDES projects that, at the current average daily waste receipt rate, Stage V of the (NCES)facility will run out of operational capacity on or before April 29, 2020, about one year short of the minimum permitted operating life.   NH DES Director of Waste Management Letter to Casella From Oct 2019

Toxics Action Center Joint Press Release 2/13/2020

History Repeats Itself?


DES Officials Hear Public Testimony At The Dec 2019 Public Hearing 

In The News:

Additional News Stories About Controversial Casella Waste Systems

More bad news for Casella-operated landfill in the Finger Lakes of New York state:  

Casella Gets New Violation Notice For Odors

High readings for PFAS found in Montpelier and Newport VT wastewater plants:

The 2 plants cited  regularly accept landfill leachate from Casella landfill

Video of Casella CEO John Casella at Jan 2020 Newport Meeting on landfill leachate:

Casella:  "The science says there is no health risk to humans or to the environment" (from PFAS)

Casella’s interest is their bottom line, not their community:

A response to ‘Why weren’t we in the room?’

Casella CEO  John Casella Wants To Give Town of Dalton $50K-$100K: 

Landfill Opponent Files Complaint Of “Influence Peddling” With NHAG

Coventry, VT Landfill Tanker Crash Causes Contaminant Spill  

Early Morning Accident  Spill Of 8000 Gallons  Near Black River

Casella  Greed On Full Display At Hakes NY Landfill: 

Little Concern Shown As Plaintiffs Sue Over Radioactive Fracking Waste


Casella Bypasses Maine Law Prohibiting Out Of State Trash:

Juniper Ridge Landfill To Receive More Toxic Sludge

NH DES photo showing violation for inadequate ground cover at Casella landfill in Bethlehem, NH


State Presses Casella On PFAS, Dioxane Contamination At Bethlehem Landfill




In The News:  Years after discovery, PFOA looms over Bennington residents  


BENNINGTON, VT — Sandy Sumner and his wife live in North Bennington in a mint green house he built in 1990, on a hill almost directly above the smokestack of the former ChemFab plant. They have lush perennial flower beds in their backyard overlooking Mount Anthony and used to have a large vegetable patch in front of their house. 

But the Sumners have let their vegetable garden return to grass. They are afraid to eat anything grown on their property. 

“When you look at my flower gardens, and my beautiful vegetable garden, you had to remind yourself that the soil and groundwater is for the foreseeable future contaminated with chemicals that are very harmful,” Sumner said. “We don’t eat our cherries anymore, we don’t eat our apples anymore.”

... “My wife and I, we were constantly sick,” he said. “We couldn’t keep our windows and doors open. We got headaches, migraines, sore throats, nosebleeds.”   Click Here For The Entire Article


3M, Biosolid (aka garbage sludge) Fertilizer Company Sue NH DES over new PFAS regulations: Click Here

New Hampshire Safe Water Alliance Call To Action!  News Report including SFL from WMUR: Click Here

From a website detailing Casella's LONG HISTORY as a bad neighbor and bad business partner:  Click Here

It Stinks!  Map of Odor Complaints from Casella-run Ontario County Landfill in NY:  Click Here

Update:  The September 14th Peaceful Protest At Casella's Coventry Landfill Was A HUGE Success!  More protesters than ever!  Many Groups Involved!: In The News  (This story also made it into WasteDive, a national news organization!)  Our Sept 28th protest in Bethlehem was also a well-attended success!  Page 6 of Union Leader: Click Here

Attention Bethlehem: Residents with odor/noise complaints relative to the NCES landfill are encouraged to send an email to the new watchdog hotline with details and the location of the complaint for logging and mapping purposes!

4 recommended movies:  Dark Waters, Bag It!, Fed Up, and The Devil We Know. These movies will open your eyes! 

Podcast Interview of Jon Swan and the Save Forest Lake movement:  Click Here

Casella Waiver Request For NCES Landfill Expansion:   (SEE ABOVE-WITHDRAWN OVER CAPACITY ISSUES)

NH DES Waste Director Mike Wimsatt’s letter to NCES landfill about capacity non-compliance:

We Got A Mention In The New Hampshire Legislative Committee Report on Waste, 2019: 

Lowell, MA WWTP Stops Accepting Turnkey Leachate: 

Video of the July 23rd Public Hearing in Dalton on Zoning: 



Please Help Us To Stop The Landfill!

We Won! Dalton Has Zoning! However, The Fight Is Far From Over!

 Thanks all, it was a team effort to get zoning passed! The fight is FAR from over, but the first battle is won. Now on to a broader, Northern Pass-style campaign to stop this atrocity-to-be from happening!  WMUR News Report on Dalton Zoning Vote:  

50% Of Trash In NH Landfills Is From Out Of State!

Above: Casella's 180 Acre Landfill is the size of Forest Lake, tip of the lake shown in blue, bottom right

Casella's 3 Phase 180 acre landfill (Forest Lake is 1/4 mile at the bottom right, blue point)


Share YOUR Thoughts with DES:  

Contact Tim Drew,  Administrator/Permitting,  and 

Mike Wimsatt, DES Waste Management Director, is the ultimate decision maker relative to signing off on the landfill permit! 

You can say hello to him at: 

The Town of Dalton Special Town Meeting to vote on Emergency Temporary Zoning was held on July 30, 7pm!!  

Despite Casella's heavy-handed lobbying, we WON!  We can stop this!   

We've found 5 violations of the Town of Bethlehem Zoning Ordinance relative to the proposed Casella landfill as those plans would constitute a "Change of Use" by the owner of Douglas Drive, located in Lot 1, Map 406 which is in the Town of Bethlehem (District III) and subject to the Town of Bethlehem Zoning Ordinance.  Please contact the town select board and ask them to enforce their zoning laws.  

Bethlehem can stop this nightmare from becoming a reality.  

Near the end of May, 2019, Casella met with DES Wetlands Bureau for a Pre-Application meeting and has submitted site details, of which we  have obtained copies which are uploaded to our "Files" section.  We met with the  Governor's Director of Public Policy, and the Directors of NH Parks and DES Waste Management, on Thursday, June 20 in Concord.  It was a positive meeting, 2 hours long, and all are on notice as to our vehement opposition to this landfill project!


In December, 2018, Casella Waste Systems subsidiary, North Country Environmental Services, entered into an option to purchase agreement with J.W. Chipping Corp. covering nearly 1900 acres of land off Douglas Drive in Dalton, Bethlehem, and Littleton adjacent to Forest Lake and Forest Lake State Park! (See file section for docs/site survey)


On April 3, 2019:  NCES, J.W. Chipping Corp. President Douglas G. Ingerson, Jr., and Horizons Engineering of Littleton  attempted to get Dalton Planning Board approval of a lot line adjustment that would have created a 300 acre lot with no abutters other than J.W. Chipping Corp. 

This would have given them the ability to apply for state permits with no notification to the people who would be most affected.  

The application was unanimously denied by the Town of Dalton Planning Board since state law requires this type of change to be a Subdivision. 

In the meantime, $1.2 million has been paid to the landowner as part of the land deal, see our file section.


A landfill in this location would negatively impact neighbors in Dalton, Bethlehem, Whitefield, and Littleton.  The possibility of water pollution at this particular site impacts Forest Lake,  which flows into Burns Pond, and the  Johns River,  which then feeds into the Connecticut River!  On the other side of the site, run-off into AlderBrook off of Route 116 will feed right into the Ammonoosuc River!  (At least Casella admits that THAT is a proven reality!)  We have commenced with baseline water-testing of AlderBrook, Forest Lake, and private wells within the vicinity of this proposed landfill.  There is no existing landfill to blame any pollution and contamination on here!

Do you like large garbage trucks?  Up to 90 22-wheeled tractor trailers loaded with garbage will be roaring thru the towns of Carroll and Whitefield each day per Casella  to access Douglas Drive!  There will likely be a need for a traffic light in Whitefield as well as at Douglas Drive and Route 116 to handle the increased traffic!  How's that for a regional impact?!    

It’s up to all of us to safeguard our environment!   



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A garbage landfill so close to Forest Lake and the Ammonoosuc River has the potential for:

  • Groundwater and surface water contamination and pollution in Forest Lake, Burns Pond, Johns and Connecticut Rivers, as well as AlderBrook and the Ammonoosuc River watershed from the landfill byproduct called leachate and air debris   
  • Fecal contamination from landfill scavengers like seagulls on our land and in our water bodies (a threat to the Loons, too)
  • Increase in litter, noise, rodents, and flies, within 1-2 miles 
  • Air pollution from greenhouse gases and unpleasant odors that will carry for miles
  • Destruction of natural habitats could have a drastic impact on fauna and wildlife
  • Heavy garbage trailer truck congestion in Whitefield and Twin Mountain (Up to 90 per day!)
  • Negative impact on the North Country tourism industry 
  • Negative impact on property values, which could make some properties impossible to sell!

Help spread the word, PLEASE, write letters to your newspapers !!

Did you know?   Nearly 50% of the trash going into NCES Bethlehem and Waste Management's Turnkey landfills is imported from out of state, according to DES!!  (To stop this,  we'd have to eliminate private, for-profit landfills and implement municipal solid waste districts)

We now have signs like the one above...

would you put one in your yard to show your support?

Also, in our files section we have a petition you can circulate amongst your neighbors and friends to inform our elected officials that we do not want a landfill next to Forest Lake!

Sign our online petition: 

Help Us!

5/30/19 Site Survey Submitted To DES

Please contact your elected officials either by phone or email to let them know that you want them to OPPOSE any effort by Casella Waste Systems to create a landfill next to our beautiful state park!  

Public Comment:   Tim Drew Administrator/Permitting,  and 

PLEASE let DES know how you feel about this!  

Rene Pelletier, Asst Dir of Water: 

Mike Wimsatt, Dir of Waste Management:

The people of the North Country DO NOT support this development!!

Other Contacts:  

Town of Dalton:  

Planning Board:

Select Board: 

Town of Whitefield: 

PB Contact Form:    

Town of Bethlehem: 

Town of Littleton:

 Littleton PB: 

PLEASE contact YOUR town boards and make sure they weigh in to help stop this very alarming development!

Citizens of the NEK in VT should do the same!

Your State and Fed Reps: 

NH Division of Environmental Services Contacts: 

Mr. Robert Scott, Commissioner:  

Mr. Michael Wimsatt, Waste Mgt Div Dir.:  

Mr. Todd Moore, NH DES Solid Waste Admin:    (603) 271-6467 

Mr. Michael Fitzgerald, NH  DES  Environmental Services Admin:    (603) 271-6390 

NH Division of Parks & Recreation :    (603) 271-3556

Phillip Bryce, Director NH Parks: 

Amy Bassett, NH Director of Tourism: 

North Country Council:   (603) 444-6303 

More about the North Country Council: 

The North Country Council Regional Planning Commission and Economic Development District is one of nine regional planning commissions in New Hampshire established by RSA 36:46. The Commission’s region consists of serving 50 communities and 25 unincorporated places in the northern third of New Hampshire.   

PLEASE reach out to them to express your opposition to this development.  

CHECK OUT OUR NEW North Country Regional Impact Map!  How will YOUR town be impacted?  Link at the top of this page.

 NCC's Regional Plan touts North Country resources and quality of life that this landfill would threaten: 

Casella-Run coventry, Bethlehem, Coakley landfills...Bad Neighbor, Bad Business Partner


Lake Memphrémagog is already contaminated because of the Casella landfill in Coventry, VT

Groups Sue Casella, Alleging Pollution at Casella's Bethlehem Landfill

More Casella Problems, this time at the Southbridge, MA landfill

additional information/Updates:

Casella picked Dalton for a local zoning.  On July 30th, Dalton voters voted YES to enact local zoning to help save Dalton, Forest Lake, and the North Country from becoming "landfill country" for generations to come.   Thank you Dalton!

On July 2, Casella hosted its own BBQ at the Dalton Town Hall on July 2 from 11-1 and 5-7.  Why on earth was the Dalton Town website promoting this event?  Something stinks in Dalton!  No worries, though, we had over 30 people show up with Vote YES! signs, Casella maybe had 6 people show up.

The July 23rd Public Hearing in Dalton was a well-attended event with a packed gymnasium and many wonderful speakers who shared their town's stories of life with Casella.  Casella even had the meeting taped without anyone's knowledge that THEY, not the town itself, was taping us.  This would be what life in a Casella-run town would be like.  We don't need that in Dalton.

On June 22, 2019 the Forest Lake Association voted unanimously to OPPOSE this landfill development!

Our meeting in Concord on June 20th with the Governor's Director of Public Policy, as well as the Directors of DES Waste Management, Wetlands Bureau, and NH Parks went very well.  We shared our opinions on the development and learned more about the permitting process.  Most of the folks in the meeting had never been to Forest Lake, btw.  We also spent some time sharing info at the Concord Market Days NH Sierra Club table.

We now have a "Public Comment" contact at NH DES:

 Tim Drew Administrator/Permitting,    

and copy Let DES know how you feel about this!  

Union Leader 6/21/19: 

Please sign our new online petition:    Please forward to your friends and family!

We have an old-school paper petition and are  collecting signatures to let all of the decision makers know that you and your friends, family, and neighbors oppose this terrible development! Like the Northern Pass, WE can stop this, TOGETHER!

We are on the front page of the Coos Democrat newspaper, 5/29/19 edition!

We have added our new North Country Regional Impact Map pdf to the website!  Check it out at the top of this page!  It details the potential impact a 2nd North Country landfill could have on the region.

Union Leader coverage of Monday's presentation of petition to enact Emergency Zoning in Dalton : 

On Monday, May 20th at 6:30pm we will be presenting to the Town  of Dalton Selectboard our petition, signed by registered voters in the Town of Dalton, calling for a special meeting (RSA 39:3) in which voters  can empower the Town of Dalton with  Emergency Temporary Zoning and Planning Ordinances (RSA 674: 24-29) 

Please email the Selectboard and Planning Board stating your support and ask them to support it !  and

In particular, we like this statute: (RSA 674:24) I. No business, commercial or industrial venture or use shall be permitted which could cause any undue hazard to health, safety or property values or which is offensive to the public because of noise, vibration, excessive traffic, unsanitary conditions, noxious odor, smoke or other similar reason 

From the  Union Leader, Friday 5/17: 

Nice topo/street map to print off w/approx site of landfill, roads, waterways: 

Excellent topo map of the proposed landfill site between AlderBrook and Forest Lake: 

Save Forest Lake was on NH NPR on Monday, May 6 

Good News!  The May 1st Dalton Planning Board meeting resulted in a decision to send out a letter to the North Country Council deeming the Casella Waste Systems proposal to create a Dalton Landfill a "development of regional impact" , thus giving those towns which may be impacted by said development to have abutter status and the right to receive notice and give testimony at future hearings regarding the proposed development.    Hopefully this will help to defeat this inane plan to create a landfill next to a large lake! 

We had a very positive meeting at Forest Lake with representatives from Senator Shaheen, Senator Hassan, and Congresswoman Kuster's offices!  We're hoping for visits from all 3 sometime this summer to hear our concerns about this mistake by the lake!  We think it a good idea to hold a similar meeting with our state representatives as a development of this size over a span of 25 years could radically alter the North Country for GENERATIONS!  We'll keep you posted! 

Look for us on Facebook! 

Link to Forest Lake State Park: 

YARD SIGNS ARE HERE!  Please let us know if you want one in your yard or waterfront.  Big THANK YOU to our generous donors who are helping to share the financial costs of this battle to save our little gem in the North Country!  **Note:  Pro-Casella thieves have stolen over 75 of our signs, so keep your eyes open and report them to the State Police at (603) 846-3333 Troop F Barracks



wetland complex located below Burns Pond and near the Town’s largest water supply well. There was abundant sign of several species of wildlife, including beaver at this site. Did you know that Forest Lake drains into burns pond?

We Cannot Allow Further Contamination Of Our Water Supply

NHDES Consolidated List of Waterbodies Subject to RSA 483-B, the  Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act (SWQPA) 

Rivers and Streams In Dalton- Where River/ Stream becomes jurisdictional under the SWQPA :   

Connecticut River - Designated Segment From the outlet of Fourth Connecticut Lake to the New Hampshire/Massachusetts state line. 

Connecticut River Juncture of Scott Brook in Pittsburg Gilman Dam

Johns River Juncture of Carroll Stream in Whitefield 

Lakes and Ponds in Dalton: 

Forest Lake

Gilman Dam

Rivers and Streams in Whitefield- Where River/ Stream becomes jurisdictional under the SWQPA :

Johns River- Juncture Caroll Stream  

Lakes and Ponds in Whitefield:

Forest Lake

Burns Pond

Articles On Groundwater Contamination: 

What is 1,4-Dioxane?  (Found in Bethlehem Water Report, along with Arsenic and Manganese) 

What are PFAS: 

GenX The New Carcinogen: 

Casella Sued By Environmental Group For Water Contamination in Massachusetts: 

Aquifers and Groundwater: 

From Whitefield Natural Resources Inventory

 There are three types of groundwater aquifers: Stratified-drift; till; and bedrock.  Stratified-drift aquifers are an important source of ground water for commercial, industrial, domestic, and public-water supplies in the State of New Hampshire. Approximately 14% of land surface in the State is underlain with Stratified-drift aquifers. 

In and around Whitefield they consist of stratified, sorted, principally coarse-grained sediments (sands and gravels) deposited by glacial melt-water during the time of deglaciation. Approximately 5.9 mi2 (3,766 acres) or just over 17% of the area of Whitefield is Town of Whitefield 17 Natural Resource Inventory for Whitefield, NH underlain with Stratified-drift and Till Aquifers. These are located mostly along the Johns River floodplain and Burns Pond flowage, but also found in other areas of the Town Whitefield also contains 1.26 acres of documented fractured bedrock aquifers; two areas located in the southern end of town at the town line with Bethlehem along Route 116, one on either side of the highway. Wells used by communities and private landowners draw groundwater from aquifers. The stratified-drift aquifers represent the greatest potential groundwater source for the Town of Whitefield. These aquifers represent potential usable water sources for municipal purposes and should be protected to insure their future quality and availability.  

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