Posted by: nevadansagainstgarbage | June 27, 2012

LOCAL CITIZEN ASKS DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO ENFORCE VOTER INITIATIVE—-UPDATED BELOW

In the last General Election, voters in Humboldt County approved an initiative limiting the size and scope of any second dump wishing to deposit garbage in the county. Here is the question as it appeared on the ballot: COUNTY QUESTION NO. 1 – AMEND THE COUNTY
CODE
Shall the Humboldt County Code §13.12.280 be replaced with the following language:
In order to preserve the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Humboldt County and the State of Nevada, every ordinance or portion thereof notwithstanding, each calendar year solid waste from outside the district may be deposited at the regional landfill or other site in the district only to the extent that the aforesaid solid waste from outside the district does not exceed by more than fifty percent the average yearly amount of solid waste generated from inside the district during the preceding three calendar years, with the recommendation of the landfill committee and
approval of the board and council upon such terms, conditions and fees established by the board and council.

“Average yearly amount of solid waste generated from inside the district during the preceding three calendar years” is defined to mean the total amount of solid waste generated from inside the district and deposited in the regional landfill during the preceding three calendar years as certified as true and accurate by the Regional Landfill Committee, divided by three (3). If for any reason the Regional Landfill Committee is unable to make the certification as stated in this ordinance then said certification shall be made by the Humboldt County Board of Commissioners.

Local resident Richard Cook has written a letter to Humboldt District Attorney Mike McDonald requesting he enforce this voter initiative that was passed by an overwhelming majority of county voters. Click here to read the letter.

Copies of the letter to the Humboldt County DA were sent to the Office of the Nevada Attorney General (click here) and the US Attorney’s Office (click here).

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Responses

  1. In the last General Election, 70 % of the voters in Humboldt County OVERWHELMINGLY approved an initiative limiting the size and scope of any second dump wishing to deposit garbage in the county. Recology, wants to build a huge landfill out Jungo Road where they can bury non-recyclable solid waste to include sewage sludge, shredded tires and asbestos imported into our area from out of state. They want to bury all this approximately 30 feet above an active aquifer, in an area with extremely poor soil quality, in an active fault zone, and in an area prone to very high winds and flooding.
    Recology came into our community largely unannounced several years ago. We, the citizens of Humboldt County, may not have been paying as close attention as we should have. We trusted our elected representatives to know our mindset and represent us accordingly. Well, we are paying lots closer attention now, and we no longer trust our elected representatives to protect our collective interests. We understand there still exists the good old boys club here in town, but maybe we should thank them for one thing; they have jarred the voters, property owners and citizens of this area out of their deep sleep and motivated them to take action.
    It looks like the Jungo Landfill is on the way, bringing 4000 tons of non-recyclable waste, 5 days a week for 95 years from communities in N. California via rail. Local resident Richard Cook has taken action and written a letter to Humboldt District Attorney DA Michael Macdonald requesting he enforce this voter initiative. You can read that letter here. http://bit.ly/Luz8xN. Please add your own note to that letter and send it to DA Macdonald, author your own, or call the DA and ask him to review the chronology of events leading up to the issuing of the Conditional Use permit (CUP) and subsequent county commissioner’s approval and enforce the law 70% of the voters put in place.
    We are tired of large corporate bullies swooping into small communities, like ours; with promises of financial gain for the town/city/county, only if they are allowed degrade the environment and put the health of future generations in jeopardy.

  2. Call or write District Attorney Michael McDonald and ask him to enforce the law on a second dump (Jungo). In the last General Election, 70 % of the registered voters in Humboldt County OVERWHELMINGLY approved an initiative limiting the size and scope of any second dump wishing to deposit garbage in the county. Yet it looks like the Jungo Landfill is on the way, bringing 4000 tons of non-recyclable waste, 5 days a week for 95 years from communities in N. California via rail. Thank you Richard Cook for taking yet another step toward stopping this dump. Please add your own note to his letter and send it to DA McDonald, author your own, or call the DA and ask him to support the law 70% of the registered voters put in place. You can write to him at Mike Macdonald, Humboldt County District Attorney, P.O. Box 909, Winnemucca, NV 89446, call him at (775) 623-6363, or email him at hcda-michael@hcnv.us This new dump isn’t over yet.


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