Posted by: nevadansagainstgarbage | September 18, 2009

From the Govenor’s office

Dear Citizen: Thank you for taking the time to contact our office with your thoughts and concerns over the proposed landfill in Winnemucca. To halt these efforts it would be simple to just create a regulation, write a law or implement a fee to prohibit waste importation to our state. Unfortunately, under the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause, solid waste (garbage) has been determined to be an element of commerce. As such, the states cannot enact laws, rules or requirements that limit free trade or commerce from one state to another. This makes a unilateral outright ban of waste importation impossible. With that said, the states can establish construction and operational standards that are fully protective of public health and the environment and the locating of such operations must be consistent with local land use and zoning requirements. Both avenues are important when such sites are considered in or near a community. Allen Biaggi, the Director of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is well aware of the situation and is keeping a close eye on the issue and is apprizing our office of any changes or updates. Nevada has been fairly successful over the years in keeping such proposals at bay where significant opposition exists. However, out of state waste is disposed of in the Lockwood landfill east of Reno and a constructed and fully permitted facility is present in Lincoln County in Southern Nevada. I do not believe any waste has been placed into that landfill as of yet. I would encourage you to voice your concerns when these and other required permits are open for public input. We are very interested in your concerns and how these operations may impact the environment of the area and the communities. Tina Marie Burke Office of the Governor Office Manager/N NV Director of Constituent Services 101 N Carson Street Carson City, NV 89701 775-684-5682 775-684-5689 (fax) The People of Nevada deserve a Government that works FOR them, not AGAINST them.



  1. Greetings and salutations! Hey, I know the letter from Gibbons office is ‘form’. I did want to share with you folks that the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection is truly now, on their web site, displaying a more ‘inclusive’ picture of public sentiment via press releases.

    At the end of the day, I do not expect any support from Gibbons, and still believe Reid could stopo this by calling Pelosi. And should.

  2. This is the exact form letter response I recieved to my letter that I sent to his office. I suppose he can have his computer answer his mail now.

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