State orders everlasting closure of Bucksport landfill

The state has ordered the everlasting closure of a Bucksport landfill that it says has been comparatively dormant in recent times and has not been correctly maintained.

The Maine Division of Environmental Safety notified AIM, the mill’s proprietor, that the landfill is in violation of its working allow. The state company additionally mentioned that AIM should develop a plan to completely shut the landfill and supply to the state a schedule for finishing the work.

“Please submit the plan by January 1, 2024, and plan to finish closure development within the 2026 development season,” Karen Knuuti of the DEP’s division of supplies administration wrote in an Aug. 4 letter to Bucksport Mill, the AIM subsidiary that owns the 109-acre website.