Maine towns get reimbursed for cleanup


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is sending $401,678 in checks to 11 municipalities for costs associated with landfill closures and clean-up costs.

Presque Isle Municipal Landfill is receiving the largest check at $125,445. Others receiving checks include Bath, Greenville and Hartland.

LePage signed legislation in 2012 allowing the DEP to pay back bills to cities and towns that closed and cleaned up landfills that were health or environmental risks.

A $2 per tons fee on construction and demolition debris funds the reimbursements. State officials say the reimbursement checks bring the total sent to municipalities for landfill closures and clean-up costs to $863,000 since January 2013.

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