Posted by: nevadansagainstgarbage | June 30, 2010

The Nevada Appeal June 30, 2010

Carson supervisors to look at regional landfill
The Carson City Board of Supervisors will consider Thursday directing staff to move forward in negotiations with regional neighbors for increasing the landfill’s intake.
The board will take a look at waste management recovery for the landfill by working with Douglas County and South Lake Tahoe, as well as others.
It also will discuss a contract with Recology for operation of the landfill and a waste recovery facility that could include a future waste-to-energy component.
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  1. The good news, I guess, is that a waste to energy concept is being considered here. And, this is an existing landfill servicing a local region. Unlike what has occured in Humboldt County (which is not waste-energy; but just a proposed CA dumping ground of non-recycable waste), I urge Carson City residents & officials to determine if they are really going to get the jobs, fees, they expect. Do perform an environmental impact study (EIS) for the landfill expansion. Get a bit more serious on the air quality issues than just having landfill management ‘promise’ no dust will leave the site. Also, unlike Humboldt County, seriously look at the range of fee structures & tipping fees for hosting a landfill. Consider Recology’s tactics in Humboldt County . Currently, they are suing the county as well as the individual commissioners, and refer to locals as ‘angry citizens’.

  2. Before the Carson City Board of Supervisors considers dealing with Recology they should carefully review Recology’s activities in Humboldt and Lincoln Counties. Recology obtained a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in 2007 to construct and operate a square mile landfill 25 miles west of Winnemucca on a desert playa. They propose importing by train *eight million pounds* of non-recyclable garbage a day, five days a week for 95 years, and burying it in a landfill *less than thirty-five feet above the groundwater* in an area known for high winds, flooding, and poor soils. They were given three years to obtain the necessary permits and begin construction.

    Only one permit has been granted (the air quality permit). Recology applied for an extension for their CUP and ultimately it was denied by the County Board of Commissioners due to Recology’s own procrastination. Recology has chosen to sue the county and the commissioners for denying them their rights as property owners, when, in fact, Recology only has a lease on the property in question. Once the citizenry woke up to what was proposed; an initiative petition was organized and signed by the county voters and, if unchallenged by Recology lawyers, will go before the voters in November. These lawyers actually strongly suggested the county commissioners and the District Attorney file suit against the initiative to prevent it from going on the November ballot. Fortunately, the commissioners declined.

    I urge Carson City residents & officials to determine if they are really going to get what they expect from a relationship with Recology. Ensure an environmental impact study (EIS) is performed prior to any agreement for a landfill expansion. Even though Nevada air quality regulations are inept when it comes to landfills make sure you get more than just a promise from landfill management that no dust will leave the site. Seriously look at the range of fee structures & tipping fees for hosting a landfill. Consider Recology’s tactics in Humboldt County. And remember they are suing the county as well as the individual commissioners, and refer to locals as ‘angry citizens’ because the citizens are engaged in their own local government and the fiscal as well as ecological realities of the county.
    Please consider bringing attention to this issue and keep your readers informed. If I can answer any questions or be of service, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


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