HARTLAND – Those living in one Hartland neighborhood say a landfill is continually decreasing their quality of life.
Sunday, residents and a representative from Maine Toxic Actions Center visited the neighborhood most impacted by the landfill.
Residents say more than 200 complaints about dust and odor have been filed with the Department of Environmental Protection and the town.
Residents say the smell is unbearable on some days, forcing them to keep their windows shut and not go outside.
They also say they’re concerned about health complications and water.
Some live less than 350 feet from the landfill.
“We’ve lived here 45 years,” said Earl Hughes, a Hartland resident. “Now we can’t even be here over the summer time.”
“Of all things we could do to make money in this town, that would not have been my first choice,” said Gail, another Hartland resident. “We have two ponds that have no swim-front, no beachfront. We have no way to attract anybody. Businesses aren’t open in town. We have rat problems.”
Members of the Hartland Environmental Advisory Team say the problem began in 2016 when they started taking trash from neighboring towns.
They say state and local officials have not been addressing their concerns.