LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMETNAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

September 11, 2007

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

 

 

Stephen Gillette, Solid Waste Dept.

Mike Erickson

Todd McCowin

Suzette Mallette, North Front Range MPO

David Gilkey

Kate Muldoon

Joe Dartt, CSU Intern with Larimer Co.

Jennifer Lee

Tom Sneider

 

Dale Lockwood

Sherm Worthington

Commissioner:

 

 

Randy Eubanks

 

 

 

 

 

Staff:

 

 

Doug Ryan

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves, and provided a brief description of their background and interest in the Environmental Advisory Board.  The group welcomed County Commissioner Eubanks, who will serve as the liaison from the Commissioners office.

 

BCC Liaison Comments:

Commissioner Eubanks indicated that he had discussed the issue of uranium mining in northeast Colorado with the Commissioners at the Administrative Matters meeting held today.  The Commissioners concurred that they would like to have additional science based information about the potential impacts to groundwater from in-situ or open pit uranium mining, and asked the EAB to look into the issue and report back to the Commissioners.  It was noted that a formal application to mine uranium has not been submitted, and that the EAB should examine this issue from a general perspective as it relates this region.  The EAB formed an exploratory committee, consisting of Dale Lockwood, Sherm Worthington, Mike Erickson and David Gilkeky.  The committee will review potential data sources and report back to the full EAB in October with recommendations on how to proceed.

 

Discussion Items:

Solid Waste:  Stephen Gillette, Director of the Solid Waste Department, provided at update on solid waste activities.  A handout outlining highlights from the current year was provided.   Volumes have remained steady in 2007 at both the recycling center and the landfill.  The Department is investigating the potential for use of landfill methane gas.  Methane is currently vented and burned in a newly installed flair.  Groundwater tests have not revealed any unusual issues this year.  The Education Center’s summer program was very successful this year, so much so that some additional winter weekends have been planned to fill the demand.

 

Ozone:

Doug Ryan provided a briefing on the 2007 summer ozone season, and the status of ozone compliance issues in the region.  A handout was used to describe the health impacts, standards and status of ground level ozone in the Denver Metro/North Front Range region.  This summer the region violated the current 8-hour ozone standard based on the monitoring station at Rocky Flats.  That violation was based on an exceedance of the standard which is calculated over a three year average.  The violation means that the region will soon be listed as a nonattainment area for ozone.  The state Air Pollution Control Division will work with the Regional Air Quality Council and the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization to prepare a plan by September 2008 to further reduce ozone levels.  The plan will need to be approved by the Air Quality Control Commission and State Legislature and submitted to the U.S. EPA by the spring of 2009.  In a related matter, the EPA proposed a more stringent ozone standard in June for adoption in 2008.  Planning to control ozone in the region will need to take this standard into account. 

 

North I-25 EIS:

Doug Ryan provided a briefing on the preliminary air quality analyses for the North I-25 EIS.  The Environmental Impact Statement is being developed to evaluate transportation needs through the year 2030 in the I-25 corridor between north Denver and Wellington.  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the lead agency.  Mr. Ryan showed some Power Point slides from the project contractor to discuss the forecasted traffic volumes and air emissions for the three packages under consideration.  Vehicles miles traveled is expected to increase by 80% from base levels in 2001.  The two “build” options in the EIS include a transit component (commuter rail for Package A and Bus Rapid Transit for Package B).  Region-wide, mobile source air emissions are expected to decrease due to more stringent vehicle emission controls, fuel standards and the turnover in the fleet.  The preliminary study also looked at air quality impacts at transit facilities and parking lots.  Localized “hot spot” exceedances of air quality standards are not expected at those locations.  Based on this preliminary information, Packages A and B have similar air quality implications, and air quality may not be a major factor to distinguish between the packages.  Mr. Ryan suggested that other regional issues may be more important for selecting the final alternative.  These include the land use implications of each package, as well as opportunities for transit oriented development, active living and regional cooperation.  The draft EIS will be released in the summer of 2008.  Selection of the preferred package will depend partly on how the communities react to the draft EIS in terms of preference and potential funding.

 

Updates: 

Dave Gilkey noted that the CSU Environmental Health program will be holding a fundraiser dinner on September 19 at the Stakeout Saloon. 

 

EAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting

 

October 9 Meeting Agenda:

Stewardship awards, Green Business Committee, Environmental Priorities Project, Uranium Committee, approval of minutes for July and September

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:30 pm.