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The Great Salt Lake is a unique ecosystem in the world, and an economic engine of the region. The Lake is under threat by a company that seeks to place a landfill on Promontory Point, 1,000 feet from this irreplaceable natural resource. Come learn how you can be engaged to protect The Great Salt Lake from coal ash and other hazardous waste.
WHERE: Elizabeth Hall, Room 229, Weber State University, Ogden, UT
WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
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FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake, Utah Sierra Club, HEALUtah, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, Utah Rivers Council, Utah Audubon Council, Utah Airboat Association, Utah Waterfowl Association, Great Salt Lake Alliance, GSL Audubon, Western Resource Advocates, South Shore Wetlands & Wildlife Management, Inc., League of Women Voters of Salt Lake, National Audubon Society, residents and business owners from Box Elder County, and our organizing partners, the Great Salt Lake Institute and Weber State University, will be hosting two public information meetings to discuss Promontory Point Resources, LLC Landfill and its application with the State Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control for a Class V waste permit — a permit specifically designed to accept waste from out of state.
A Class V permit would allow the company to receive California Hazardous waste, which that state defines as “waste with a chemical composition or other properties that make it capable of causing illness, death, or some other harm to humans and other life forms.” Waste would also include coal ash from throughout the West and Midwest. Coal Ash, or as Utah calls it Coal Combustion Residual, is the by-product of burning coal to generate electricity and, depending on where the coal is mined, can contain an array of dangerous toxicants. These include arsenic, lead, mercury, antimony and boron. The landfill would also be able to accept special wastes and small quantity generator hazardous wastes, such as low-level infectious waste, heavy metals, solvents and a variety of organic compounds like PCB’s.
Located on the SW tip of the Promontory Peninsula on the north shore of Great Salt Lake, the landfill operation brings great potential risks to the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem, a Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network Site for millions of migratory birds, and to the $1.3B in revenue that the Lake generates annually to the State of Utah.
A presentation on this issue will be provided by Allan Moore, Solid Waste Program Manager, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control. The Division is currently evaluating the company’s application for a Class V permit and will determine if a draft Class V permit will go out for public comment. Q + A session will be provided.
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