Penobscot Nation holds water ceremony in Old Town over river waste dumping

Members and supporters protested the Juniper Ridge landfill.
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Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 5:29 PM EDT
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OLD TOWN, Maine (WABI) - Members of the Penobscot Nation gathered in Old Town Park today to protest the Juniper Ridge landfill.

They say it’s dumping waste into the Penobscot River.

According to Sunlight Media Collective, which is an organization of indigenous and non-indigenous media makers and activists working to document and present stories affecting Wabanaki people and highlighting Wabanaki perspectives, the landfill is responsible for 1.3 million gallons of leachate that goes into the river each month.

We’re told a big portion of the waste is coming from out of state.

The river has provided fish and sanctuary for the Penobscot Nation who feel like that has been taken from them.

Penobscot Elder Kathy Paul organized the protest, and voiced her frustrations over the situation.

“It’s too late to say no more juniper ridge. I just wish they would stop.”

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection is currently considering changes to Maine’s waste policy that would control the disposal of out-of-state waste.

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