Posted by: nevadansagainstgarbage | February 14, 2012

HERE IS WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN LINERS LEAK

The EPA says that all liners leak. In the case of Jungo, the NDEP says they will not assume no leakage from liners which seems to be a backwards way of saying the same thing. Yerington, Nevada is a somewhat local example of what happens when these liners leak and pollute the groundwater. It’s also a good example of when regulatory oversight is absent or lacking and it shows that not all companies are responsible in any way, be it socially, morally, ethically, environmentally or any other way you can think of. Their sole reason for existence is profit. Please keep in mind as you read this story that the NDEP spokesperson at the December 1 public comment meeting in Winnemucca publicly stated that as far as the leachate question and how to handle it was concerned, that he was “still mulling it over“. NDEP went to public comment with the intent to issue an operating permit for the Jungo dump with no plan as to how to handle the leachate it will produce. That leachate is one of the most toxic substances found in a dump. Click here to find out how difficult it is to clean up once groundwater is contaminated.  Closure and post-closure requirements are extremely important factors in siting a dump.  Since this trash will be in the ground forever, 30 years of monitoring, as proposed for Jungo, is nowhere near enough time to check for pollution and the physical integrity of any landfill.

There has been some movement towards designating the Anaconda site a Superfund area.  Some local residents want this to happen in order to have safe drinking water and a healthy environment.  Other interests, mostly business, don’t want this designation as they feel it would stigmatize the area and be bad for business.  The cost estimates for cleanup stand at 40 million dollars, with the state’s share at 10 percent or 4 million dollars.  So far no money has been forthcoming from the state.  In the meantime, the Yerington Paiute Tribe is embarking on developing their own environmental  ordinances.

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