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Maine's wastewater 'sludge' is no longer being shipped to Canada

Jul 26, 2023

OLD TOWN (WGME) -- After months of having to divert municipal wastewater sludge from Maine to Canada, the CBS13 I-Team has learned those shipments have now stopped.

According to Casella Waste Systems, they were able to stop diverting sludge, also known as biosolids, to Canada on July 10, after a piece of emergency legislation was signed into law by Governor Janet Mills.

The new law allows Casella, the operator of the state's landfill in Old Town, to import more bulky waste and construction materials to mix in with the sludge and help make the landfill more stable.

As the CBS 13 I-Team has been reporting, Casella previously had to divert wastewater sludge away from the Juniper Ridge Landfill after stability concerns.

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