Nevada Department of Environmental Protection held a public meeting in Alamo last week regarding a request for a new Class I solid waste landfill operation on a 634-acre site owned by Western Elite, 33 miles south of Alamo on U.S. 93.
Mike Leigh with the Bureau of Waste Management in Las Vegas, presided over the meeting. He said the application for a special use permit is from Bedroc Ltd LLC, a company that has direct ties to Western Elite.
The Bureau of Waste Management has the responsibility of permitting the waste management facilities in the state.
The written public comment period for the permit application ended July 11. However, one person at the meeting requested the comment period be extended another 60 days, which Leigh said just might happen.
Western Elite applied for a permit on the new landfill in April 2011, but withdrew the application in July 2013. In October 2013, Bedroc Ltd LLC submitted an application for a stand-alone Class I permit.
Leigh said the Bureau denied the permit application in January 2014, citing it as being incomplete. Since then, the issues were addressed and a new application was submitted for review, which he said does meet the Bureau regulations.
Paul Eckert, permit writing engineer with the Bureau, gave a slide presentation of an overview of the planned project and a look at the regulatory requirements.
Western Elite is a Class III landfill, which Eckert explained is for construction and demolition wastes, and things of that nature. A Class I landfill is able to accept municipal and household wastes along with medical wastes. He said the application also asks to include sand-oil separator and oil-soaked wastes. Liquid and hazardous wastes are not included.
The landfill, with a life expectancy of 90 years, would not be visible to travelers on U.S. Highway 93 Eckert noted, because of a sloping barrier that would hide the facility from view, looking like a mound off the side of the road, similar to the water dikes near Coyote Springs, a bit further south on the same highway.
As the landfill grew, the mound would eventually reach about 155 feet high.
Eckert’s presentation gave all the technical regulations and safety features included in the permit application.
Several people had signed up to speak during the question and answer period following the presentation. All of the local people who attended the meeting and gave oral comment were in favor of granting the application, which might also provide competition for Recology, who operates the garbage collection service in Lincoln County and owns the Crestline landfill.
Bonnie Poulson presented a petition of approval with 147 signatures.
The only person who opposed the application was Emilia Cargill, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Coyote Springs Investment LLC. Coyote Springs had opposed the 2013 permit application as well.
She detailed a variety of reasons for having the permit denied, ranging from size and scope, inaccurate application information, no land use conformance, water quality and rain storm water concerns, litter and noxious materials, habitat and conservations, airborne and groundwater contamination, and others.
One of the major points she stressed was that fact that the landfill is right across the highway from the northern edge of the Coyote Springs property, a planned development community and presents a number of concerns.
However, another person later mentioned that area of the Coyote Springs property is zoned as an industrial park, not residential development.
Another point Cargill made, was that CSI has a bi-lateral contract with Lincoln County in their development agreement in 2005, which prohibits Lincoln County from permitting or approving a facility such as Bedroc within a 10-mile radius of Coyote Springs.
Leigh said the Bureau of Waste Management, after reviewing all the comments, had expected to issue a ruling August 10, but may grant the request to extend the comment period another 60 days.