This past week was interesting to say the least. The big news is a letter dated April 8, 2021 sent to Green Ridge by DEQ stating the technical and regulatory compliance review of the Part A application for the proposed mega landfill was found to be “technically inadequate.” The letter is five (5) pages long. Below is a summary of the weaknesses prepared by Keith Buch and used with his permission:
1) Twenty-two parcels that appear to be adjacent to the proposed landfill may not have been notified of the landfill as required by the DEQ.
2) Using the existing FEMA Flood Plain Maps, it appears that the proposed waste management boundary depicted on the Near Vicinity Map encroaches slightly on delineated wetlands and the FEMA 1% chance annual floodplain along Muddy Creek.
3) Updated FEMA floodplain maps must be submitted with the Part A Permit Application.
4) An analysis of a Flippin Pond Dam total collapse indicates that the proposed waste management boundary encroaches into the dam break wall of water inundation zone.
5) Since base grades of the landfill will be constructed 10 to 25 feet into the bedrock in some areas blasting may be required.
6) The deepest boring into bedrock was only drilled to a depth of 10 foot but it was required to be drilled to a depth of 45 feet. This deeper boring is required to determine rate and direction of groundwater flow in the bedrock, ability to monitor groundwater in bedrock, the need for blasting or adjustment of base grades, potential hydraulic interconnection with other regional groundwater wells, etc.
7) Proposed base grades of the liner appear to be as much as five feet below the water table at some locations. This may require permanent pumping which could effect nearby shallow wells.
8) The earthquake (seismic) evaluation was performed based on outdated guidance and did not adequately evaluate the potential for extensive silts and clay soils on site to liquefy during a seismic event causing the landfill to partially collapse.
9) There is no discussion of the process required to relocate Pine Grove Road and Miller Lane.
10) There are no description and schematics of how the landfill will be screened and noise reduced by natural objects, plantings, fences, or other means so as to minimize the visibility from portions of Pinegrove Road and Miller Lane, after the proposed realignment of both roads.
11) The wells of 3 nearby churches as well as a newly drilled nearby well may be considered Public Water Systems. These four wells must be evaluated to determine the potential for a hydrogeological connection of groundwater flow between these wells and the landfill as well as the impacts of the connection. Since all of the wells are within 3 miles of the landfill an upgrade to a double liner system would be required if there was a potential for a groundwater connection between any of the four and the landfill that would result in a negative impact(s). But if there was a potential groundwater connection between the one well that is less than one away from the landfill that could result in a negative impact , the Green Ridge facility would be prohibited altogether.
Here is the entire letter for your reading pleasure.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
without it we might be seeing digging on the site instead of DEQ requiring Green Ridge/County Waste to correct deficiencies in both the Part A application and the water permit application. Let’s keep it up and protect our environment by stopping this proposed mega landfill from becoming a reality!!! THANK YOU AGAIN.