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Dallas Residents Upset By Landfill Development Plans

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The city of Dallas is still dealing with a budget shortage and is looking for multiple ways to make money.

A new plan could increase the amount of money in the coffers by turning trash into cash. But the NAACP calls it a plan to pollute and harm the southern sector.

The area where passionate opposition is building is around the McCommas Bluff Landfill in the 5000 block of Youngblood Road, just off of I-45 and I-20.

Residents say you can’t see the landfill from the street, but you can sometimes smell it and they certainly don’t want more trash trucked in.

Clara McDade’s Highland Hills neighborhood is caught between an island of development decline on one side and a mountain of trash, trucked in by the tons to the city’s main landfill.

“That landfill has also been a minus [for residents],” said McDade. “Always has been. Always will be.”

As it stands, the city of Dallas wants even more of its collected garbage brought to the McCommas landfill.

McDade has petition signatures from her Highland Hills neighbors and now the backing of the NAACP, to try and stop the city.

“How will people that are suffering from asthma, bronchitis… how will it benefit them?” asked Dallas NAACP President Juanita Wallace.

If the plan for the landfill goes forward there would be 300 more trash trucks a day transporting waste to the location. The “recovered” and “re-sold” waste would generate millions in revenue for the city, officials said.

A portion of the revenue would be put into an economic development fund for the Highland Hills neighborhood.

“It’s an opportunity to redevelop in these southern communities, and I think the city council may be inclined to do that,” said Mary Nix with Dallas Sanitation Services.

McDade and many of her neighbors aren’t buying the “improving the area” sell. “We can’t see you bringing in trash to our community, when you won’t bring in stores,” she said of the city’s development efforts, or lack there of.

McDade joined NAACP leaders Tuesday morning to call for stopping the city’s trash transport increase to the McCommas Landfill.

And the group urged others to ask themselves if they would want what McDade has… empty, struggling storefronts on one corner and more trash transport trucks coming down the other.

The Dallas NAACP is taking the landfill argument to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A meeting is set for Thursday.

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