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Open house held on landfill, public hearing set for Thursday night

Posted: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

MARANA Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) held an Open House on Tuesday night, May 29, to present plans on a request for an air quality permit for the DKL Holdings Inc. Marana Regional Landfill.

A small group of people turned out to see what was planned by the county. There were experts on hand from PDEQ, including the engineer who wrote the original permit.

There will be a Public Hearing at 5:30 p.m., on May 31, on the request for an air quality permit for the DKL Holdings Inc. Marana Regional Landfill. When open, the landfill will operate at 14805 W. Avra Valley Road in Marana.

The Thursday meeting will be held at the Geasa-Marana Branch Library, 13370 N. Lon Adams Road in Marana.

The draft air quality permit requires the Marana Regional Landfill to control landfill gas, as per federal standards, and meet Pima County standards for dust control. Fugitive dust, tiny solid particles or liquid droplets suspended in the air we breathe, is one of the most significant air pollutants in Pima County and has serious impacts on human health and the environment. During the start up of the landfill, fugitive dust produced during construction and operation will be the primary air quality concern. Future landfill operations will require the installation and operation of a landfill gas collection and control system. Based upon estimated landfill waste disposal rates, it is not anticipated that the landfill gas collection and control system will be required until 2016. When the landfill reaches the federal threshold, operators must immediately develop a gas collection and control plan for review and approval by Pima County.

The official public comment period for the proposed permit began on May 1, and will end on May 31. Copies of the permit application and relevant background material may be reviewed at www.deq.pima.gov or during normal business hours at the PDEQ offices, 33 N. Stone Ave., Suite 700, in Tucson. For additional information, please call (520) 243-7400.

For the complete article see the 06-06-2012 issue.

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