Posted by: nevadansagainstgarbage | December 20, 2011

DECEMBER 2011 CHRISTMAS UPDATE

In an effort to keep the citizens of Humboldt County updated on the proposed Jungo Road Landfill, here’s the latest.

December 1, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) held a public comment meeting in Winnemucca. Several attended and participated in comment. The bulk of those who spoke were against the landfill.  Here’s the NDEP transcript of what the public had to say.  The presentation the NDEP gave and an audio recording of what the public shared is available at the NDEP/Jungo web site.

On December 7, Judge Jones ruled that Jungo Land Investment/Recology’s conditional use permit still stands and that the Humboldt County Commissioners must uphold their request to extend the conditional use permit for five years. Here’s what the judge said. The last we’d heard on this case, Jungo Land and Investments/Recology vs. Humboldt County, there were to be oral arguments heard in front of the judge in January, 2012. Many were surprised by this turn of events. We haven’t heard if there will be any follow up on this or not by Humboldt County.

The Humboldt County Commissioners hired a consultant, Dr. Fred Lee and associates, to review the NDEP and Jungo Landfill operating plan. On December 14, the commissioners voted to send the report to the NDEP as part of the public comment. You can read the report as well, posted on the Humboldt County Commissioners web site. Dr. Lee pointed out several concerns about the landfill including water pollution and the long term affects of the landfill going past the prescribed post-closure period.

In the meantime, the proposed landfill site along with three other sections of land in Desert Valley, have been sold as one of, if not the, largest private sales of land in American historyThe new owner, New Nevada Lands, has indicated that prior lease/purchase option agreements between Jungo Land and Investments and Nevada Land and Resources will be honored. Once Jungo has secured all the required permits etc., NNL envisions selling the land in question to Jungo.

Today, the NDEP published that public comment has been extended until January 30, 2011. Initially, the public comment period was closed on December 16th, at 5pm. We are not aware of why it was extended or if anyone made a formal request to extend it. But, since it is extended, you are certainly encouraged to take this opportunity to send your comments in if you missed the 12/16 deadline, or, find more questions/comments you’d like to share after reading Dr. Lee’s report.

Here’s the particulars on public comment. Public comments must be submitted in writing no later than 5:00PM on January 30, 2012 to:
Jon Taylor, PE CEM
Division of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Management
901 South Stewart Street, Suite 4001
Carson City, NV 89701-5249
775.687.9477
jtaylor@ndep.nv.gov

The NDEP will either issue or deny the operating permit 30 days later.

Here’s an example of a great comment already submitted to the NDEP (shared with permission).

If you need any other inspiration or ideas, or just want to see what others are asking about, other comments shared with the NDEP are available here.

We certainly urge each of you, your friends and family, to take advantage of this extended public comment period to share your views and questions on the Jungo Road Landfill. There is still no operating permit issued. Even with the judge’s ruling, Jungo/Recology cannot proceed without a final operating permit.

And last, but not least, NAG wishes each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a safe, prosperous and Dump Free New Year. Thank you for your support and efforts to keep Winnemucca and Humboldt County a quality place to work, live and play.

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