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LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

September 11, 2012

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Cassie Archuleta

 

Stephen Gillette, Solid Waste Dept

Derek Esposito

 

Steve Harem, Solid Waste Dept

Michael Jones

 

Linda Hammett, Solid Waste Dept

Kimberly Karish

 

Ann Lujan, Solid Waste Dept

Ryan McShane

 

 

Kate Muldoon

 

Staff :

Joseph Wilson

 

Doug Ryan

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

Solid & Hazardous Waste.   Stephen Gillette, Linda Hammett and Steve Harem provided an update on the County’s solid & hazardous waste programs.  That update touched on several key issues:

 

·  At current usage, staff estimates that the landfill has approximately 15 years of capacity left.

·  Landfill Gas Collection System – this system is installed and is currently flaring landfill gasses.  This results in an air quality benefit because the unburned methane is a significantly more potent greenhouse gas than the carbon dioxide that is created by the flair.

·  Air emissions from the landfill are regulated under the terms of an emissions permit re-issued by state in 2012. 

·  Explosive Gas Migration – routine monitoring discovered that landfill gas had migrated to the north boundary at levels above state standards.  Those levels have occurred seasonally, and are being monitored regularly.  Migration was also noted south of the closed area 6a, and is not near any property line or structure.  At this point the extent of offsite migration is not considered a hazard to any other properties.

·  The solid waste system offered through the County includes the landfill, recycling center, household hazardous waste, and educational activities.  All of these services are funded through the landfill tipping fee. 

·  Recycled asphalt is being used on internal haul roads to control dust, and appears to be working well.

·  Burn debris from the High Park and Woodland Heights fires are currently being received and handled as a special waste.  The Colorado Department of Health issued a temporary waiver from asbestos standards for these wastes in exchange for a set of management guidelines that includes wetting and wrapping the debris prior to transport to limit dust emissions.

·  The household hazards waste program accepts waste from residents at no fee, and charges a fee to cover its costs to business users who are classified as conditionally exempt generators. 

·  About 15% of the materials collected at the HHW program are recycled at the drop & swap facility.

·  Prices for recycled commodities such as paper are very depressed compared with a year ago.

 

Stewards Awards Committee.  Members Michael Jones, Derek Esposito, Cassie Archuleta and Kate Muldoon volunteered for the environmental stewardship awards review committee.  The committee will review the 2012 nominations and report back to the full EAB at the October meeting.

 

Approval of August Minutes:

Minutes from the August 14 meeting were approved as corrected.

 

Updates:  

Cassie Archuleta provided an update on the anticipated study of oil & gas air emissions in Garfield County.  The study will be lead by Dr. Jeff Collett at Colorado State University.   Air Resource Specialist Inc will collaborate on the sampling and analyses. The study will be advised by a wide variety of stakeholders, including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the U.S. EPA, industry scientist, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  This topic is of interest to the EAB, who received an update on state regulatory requirements for oil & gas exploration from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission at their April meeting.  Cassie Archuleta offered to invite Dr. Collett to a future EAB meeting to discuss the study. 

 

Kimberly Karish reported that she attended a public session on the progress of the Mountain to Plains Energy by Design planning process being conducted by The Nature Conservancy.  The EAB received an early update on that project from the county’s Natural Resources Department at their May meeting.  The project is intended to consider how oil & gas development on public lands in the north-central part of the county could be planned to protect environmental and cultural features.  Three general phases are anticipated for the study.  The inventory and impact analyses phase is nearing completion, with the development of a potential oil & gas development plan and mitigation strategies to come in the future.  

 

EAB Issue Index:

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

 

October Meeting Agenda:

Recommendation of Stewardship Awards to the County Commissioners, the Garfield Co oil & gas study if it can be scheduled with the lead researcher.

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:10 PM

Background Image: Rocky Mountain National Park by Sue Burke. All rights reserved.