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CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) - The City of Carrollton is considering taking legal action if the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approves a proposed expansion for the Camelot Landfill.

Tuesday night, the Carrollton City Council discussed its options with the city’s attorney in a closed door meeting.

The landfill, which is owned by the City of Farmers Branch, is located in Lewisville near the Trinity River and the upscale Coyote Ridge neighborhood in Carrollton.

Paul Yoo said when he moved to the area 12 years ago, he couldn’t even see the landfills from house.

“They use to be low there and now they’re real high,” he said.

Yoo said especially at night he can smell the trash. He said he’s worried an expansion will only make the odor worse.

The City of Farmers Branch has applied with the state to expand its landfill by 38 acres and has asked the state to allow garbage to be built up another 200 feet.

Carrollton Mayor Matthew Marchant testified in Austin Monday to the TCEQ about the city’s concerns. He said the expansion could keep the landfill open and operating for another 50 years or even longer.

“It’s almost nonsensical that something like that would go in such a densely populated urban area,” Marchant told CBS 11 News. “The landfill has some groundwater contamination issues, and this is adjacent to the Trinity River which seems like the last place you would put a landfill right up against the Trinity River.”

The City of Farmers Branch’s attorney, Brent Ryan said the city landfill is in compliance with all state regulations.

He added a gas collection system was also installed at the landfill which greatly reduces the odor.

The DFW Landfill, where trash from Carrollton is taken, is adjacent to the Camelot landfill.

Ryan said the smell many neighbors complain about may actually be coming from the DFW landfill.

While the City of Carrollton is still considering legal action, the City of Lewisville has already filed its own lawsuit.

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