Posted by: nevadansagainstgarbage | June 1, 2011

HUMBOLDT COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA FOR MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

Currently it is unknown exactly how much action vs. how much discussion will actually take place regarding the 11:30 agenda item on June 6. The memorandum that accompanies the agenda states that the request to solicit proposals for retention of a qualified independent consultant to review, evaluate, and comment on Jungo’s application to NDEP for a Class 1 landfill “be put back on the agenda for further discussion.” We believe that due to continued delays by Recology, in this case their failure to respond so far to NDOW’s letter of April 22, 2011, and their continuing revisions to their operating plan, that a discussion of contingency plans is more likely to take place than is any action. Even though NDEP’s timeline still states that they intend to open public discussion on the operating permit in June, they have yet to publish a notice of intent to issue or deny the permit to Recology/Jungo. Once the notice of intent is published, there is 30 days for public comment (NOT THE END OF JUNE, 30 days from the notice). According to Mr. Drozdoff, Director, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, in a letter to Commissioner Fransway, “I would note that NDEP routinely approves reasonable extensions of the comment period if requested.” He restates “I believe this estimated review timeframe, along with the provision to request an extension of the public comment period, will ensure that Humboldt County has sufficient time to perform its own review of the permit application.

We deal with facts here at NAG. We are unsure if there will be much if any action on this agenda item. Therefore, in order not to waste your valuable time, we are cautioning people not to have unrealistic expectations. We still encourage people to attend the meeting if they have a half hour to spare.

The commission agenda for the Monday, June 6, 2011 meeting is posted. It can be viewed by clicking here. Please pay close attention to the item scheduled for 11:30 am. It is a request to solicit proposals for retention of a qualified independent consultant to review, evaluate, and comment on Jungo’s application to NDEP for a Class 1 landfill.  You can see the memorandum that accompanies this item here.

This is an important proposal and it is necessary that everyone who is able be at this meeting to add your support.  The proposed June comment period and public hearing is upon us, and Humboldt County needs expert testimony and guidance from people who are knowledgeable and not from “Recology mouthpieces”.  Please plan on attending and help spread the word.  Bring your friends and neighbors.  If you can’t be there, email your commissioners and voice your opinion.

Garley Amos, Chair: commissionerga@hcnv.us

Mike Bell, ViceChair: commissionermb@hcnv.us

Dan Cassinelli: commissionerdc@hcnv.us

Tom Fransway: commissionertf@hcnv.us

Bill Diest: Admin: administrator@hcnv.us

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Responses

  1. Great post. Thanks! A few people have asked if there is enough ‘time’ to leverage a consultant if the NDEP still plans to start public comment in June (the time frame published on the Jungo/NDEP project website.

    Back in February, Leo Drozdoff, Director, Department of Conservation and Natural resources responded to Commissioner Fransway’s letter about the permit process and time frame (both letters available publicly on the Jungo/NDEP web site, see LINKS in the right hand column of this web site).

    According to Mr. Drozdoff, this is the process:

    1)NDEP publishes a notice of intent to issue or deny the permit to Recology/Jungo. That hasn’t happened yet.

    2)Once the notice of intent is published, there is 30 days for public comment (Public comment doesn’t stop at the end of June, it ends30 days from the notice)

    3)He also says, “I would note that NDEP routinely approves reasonable extensions of the comment period if requested.” He restates in that same letter, “I believe this estimated review timeframe, along with the provision to request an extension of the public comment period, will ensure that Humboldt County has sufficient time to perform its own review of the permit application.”

    Here is the direct link to the letter: http://ndep.nv.gov/bwm/docs/jungo_fransway_responce.pdf

    So, the 30 day ticker hasn’t started yet (no notice sent), and there is an opportunity to extend the time frame. For me, at least, this is assurance there will be time for this all-important work.


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