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Waste company won’t appeal rejection of facility near Rhinelander airport

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A sketch of the location of the proposed waste transfer facility.

A Rhinelander company won’t appeal the rejection of a proposed waste transfer facility near the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

This year, JBM Howard Companies sought to build the facility near the intersection of Highways 8 and 47 in Rhinelander.

The facility would have been able to handle up to 50 tons of waste daily.

But the Oneida County Planning and Development Committee rejected the plan in August.

The airport strongly opposed the plan, saying the facility could attract birds that would create hazards for airplanes.

This week, we learned JBM Howard Companies won’t attempt to appeal the decision to the Oneida County Board of Adjustment. That likely means the plan is dead.

Ben worked as the Special Topics Correspondent at WXPR from September 2019 until November 2021. He now contributes occasionally to WXPR. During his full-time employment, his main focus was reporting on environment and natural resources issues in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula as part of The Stream, a weekly series.