The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has granted permission for expansion of the Middlepoint landfill in Rutherford County. According to a press release, the landfill, which is operated by BFI Waste Systems of Tennessee, a division of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Allied Waste, has met the conditions for waste storage, processing and disposal. “State law requires us to assure that landfills are properly designed and operated in a manner that will protect the citizens and environment of our state,” Mike Apple, director of the Division of Solid Waste Management said in a statement. “We have a design and operational plan that meets state law and will provide for the safe disposal of waste from Rutherford and several other counties. We have also placed permit conditions on this site that will assure the compliance of this site with the regulations.”