Public Information Session on Purcell Landfill
What: Public Information Session (regarding Purcell Landfill)
Where: Ramada Inn, 3320 S. Range Line Road, Joplin, MO.
When: Thursday, May 25, 2006, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Who: Enviro-Site Management (formerly know as Advantage Waste Services-Springfield); Andrews Environmental Engineering, Inc; Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR); Citizens for Environmental Safety
This is all about a 107 acre landfill, to be located on a 640 acre site, near Purcell (corner of Jasper County Road 210 and County Highway M), Missouri. According to Jim Bell, Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Chief of Engineering - Solid Waste Division, "Our regulations require that if the site is permitted longer than five years, and they decide to build, they have to go through steps, including a public-information session, where they'll solicit public comments and respond."
Some Questions that need to be asked:
1. Has Enviro-Site Management LLC ever owned or managed a landfill previously?
2. Why has the application been changed again, from Advantage Waste Service to Enviro-Site Management, LLC?
3. Has the property been inspected by a geologist or hydrologist to evaluate the impact of the propsed landfill on the existing land topography and acquifer?
4. Why approve a landfill when one exist 20 miles north of the proposed site?
5. What authority does MDNR have to approve the permit, when each of the County Commissioners and County Attorney are on record opposing the permit?
6. What authority does MDNR have to ignore the State Statute for required fencing setback (200 ft.) for the proposed operation?
7. Has the USGS conduucted a site survey of the proposed site?
8. What authority does MDNR have to stipulate (or restrict) the geographic area from which material could be dumped in the proposed landfill?
9. What records does Enviro-Site Management LLC have for substantiating it's willingness to abide by regulations, respond to customer problems or State inquiries?
10. If the MDNR does not have the authority to re-examine the geology of the proposed site, who does? Methodology for conducting site conditions have changed since the proposed site was first approved (in 1995). Secondly, the conditions of the aquifer and the Spring River Watershed have changed since the proposed site was first approved (in 1995). Who has the authority to issue a stay of execution on the permit until the matter is resolved?
11. If Jasper County has determined that the propsed site will create a traffic hazard, who has the authority to put a stay of execution on the permit until the matter is resolved? How can the MDNR approve a Permit that subsequently will create a problem for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MDOT)?
12. Why is the Public Information hearing not being held in Jasper County? What are the requirements for setting the location for the Public Information hearing?
13. Is the Public Information Meeting for the benefit of the "engineers for the landfill and representatives of Missouri Department of Natural Resources" or for the residents living in the proximity of the proposed landfill?