OLD TOWN, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has set Dec. 7 as the deadline for those who wish to be intervenors in Juniper Ridge Landfill license amendment matter to submit their applications.

Notices to that end — along with information about the process for becoming an intervenor, or interested party — have been sent to the 103 people who submitted written comments on both sides of the issue, Maine Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Samantha DePoy-Warren said late last week.

DePoy-Warren said the DEP also is having public notices published in newspapers of record in Augusta, Old Town and Biddeford. The intervenor requests must be submitted to the DEP by 5 p.m., she said.

At issue is a controversial plan to shut down the Maine Energy Recovery Co. incinerator in Biddeford — resolving decades of complaints from residents about the smell and truck traffic created by the downtown facility — and put the building in the hands of the city for redevelopment. Maine trash now processed there would be sent to Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town.

Intervenor standing allows those who receive the designation to be a formal party to the process, providing an opportunity for participation beyond what is typically afforded to the public, including the opportunity to present evidence under oath and cross examine other parties.

After the application deadline, the DEP will review the requests, make a ruling on who qualifies for intervenor status and then hold a prehearing conference, likely in January, to outline the process moving forward, DePoy-Warren said. A public hearing date, which will be held in the Augusta area, also will be set. The public will be given at least 30 days notice.

Petitions should be mailed to Heather Parent, Policy Director

Maine Department of Environmental Protection, 17 State House Station

Augusta 04333; emailed to heather.parent@maine.gov; or hand delivered to Policy Director Heather Parent at 28 Tyson Drive in Augusta.

For information about Juniper Ridge Landfill, including the current application before the department for review and public comments received thus far is available at maine.gov/dep/waste/juniperridge.