LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

March 12, 2013

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Melissa Chalona

 

Seth Greiner

Derek Esposito

 

 

Michael Jones

 

Commissioner:

Kimberly Karish

 

Lew Gaiter

Evelyn King

 

 

Ryan McShane

 

Staff :

Kate Muldoon

 

Doug Ryan

Joseph Wilson

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

The EAB heard updates on several items that they follow on their issue index.

 

Atlas E Missile Site 13 Cleanup.

The EAB received an update on the long-term monitoring and cleanup plans for the former Atlas missile silo site in the LaPorte area.  The property was used as an Atlas Missile silo in the 1950s and 60s.  Groundwater contamination with TCE organic solvent used at the site has necessitated the monitoring program under the authority of the Army Corps of Engineers.  TCE is currently detectable in groundwater near a waste disposal pit at concentrations above regulatory Maximum Concentration Levels.  No domestic water wells are believed to be at risk at this time.  The area of groundwater contamination is within the area of the planned forebay for the proposed Glade Reservoir.  That reservoir is part of the NISP water project which is currently in the EIS review phase.  The long-term monitoring report notes that a pilot study to evaluate groundwater cleanup methods is planned over the next five years.  The EAB will leave this topic as an Active review item.

 

Alps Tire Pile Cleanup.

The Alps tire pile issue concerns a rural property west of Lon Hagler Reservoir near Loveland.  Cleanup operations have been ongoing on this property since 2002, when grant money from the waste tire cleanup fund was made available.  Doug Ryan visited the site with the Colorado Department of Public Health in February.  He reported that all the tires have now been removed, and that the state has closed its regulatory cleanup order.   Approximately 2.5 million tires were removed, eliminating a significant fire hazard and risk to air and water quality.  The EAB will change this issue index item to Inactive. 

 

Bald Mountain Radio Tower EIS.

Michael Jones provided an update on the Larimer County sponsored project to site an emergency radio communications tower on Middle Bald Mountain in the Red Feather Lakes area.  The U.S. Forest Service is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Statement in order to evaluate the County’s application to build the tower on Forest property.  The EAB has offered to review draft technical documents for the County Commissioners as part of the process. EAB will leave this topic as an Active review item. Extensive background about the project, including a link to the Forest Service site, is available on the County’s website at www.larimer.org/baldmountain

 

North Front Range Air Emissions and Dispersion Study.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is planning to conduct a major air quality study to evaluate emissions from oil & gas development in the North Front Range.  The EAB reviewed the preliminary plans, which is intended to quantify emissions of chemical compounds, and characterize how those emissions are dispersed in the atmosphere.  Assuming the state legislature authorizes the $1.3 million earmarked from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s Environmental Response Fund, the Department plans to contract with Colorado State University to lead the study.  The EAB members noted that this study will be very important in order to better understand oil & gas emissions and ultimately their impact on ozone air quality.  EAB will leave this topic as an Active review item on their issue index (item 10.04). 

 

Approval of January Minutes:

Minutes from the January 8 meeting were approved as presented.  The EAB did not meet in February.

 

Updates:  

Evelyn King noted that the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is updating its Coordinated Public Transit/Human Services Plan.  This topic is generally related to EAB issue index item 3.03 concerning the formation of a regional transportation authority. 

 

Evelyn King noted that the Fort Collins conformity transportation plans for carbon monoxide and ozone have been adopted and approved by the MPO and Air Quality Control Commission.  These relate to EAB issue index items 9.01 and 9.02. 

 

Evelyn King noted that an announcement at a recent MPO meeting indicated that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is planning to change the vehicle occupancy requirement for using carpool/high occupancy lanes on Highway 36 and probably other roadways in the CDOT system from 2+ to 3+ people beginning in 2017.  She is concerned that this may increase congestion in the general purpose lanes. 

 

Kimberly Karish noted that the draft EIS for the Middle Bald Mountain radio tower was originally expected to be released in February of 2013, and that it appears to be behind schedule. 

 

EAB Issue Index:

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

 

April Meeting Agenda:

Flood Plain Overlay Zone Regulations, State Regional Haze and Visibility standards

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 7:20 PM