A note from the Mayor...............
The Jungo Landfill Project has spurred substantial community interest in the governmental process. The City of Winnemucca fully recognizes that effective government requires that the views of the public and all interested parties be taken into consideration. It is equally important, however, that the governing officials have the opportunity to closely review all of the factual and technical information concerning the issues. Obviously, if either component is missing there is a greater likelihood of making a flawed decision.
We feel that it is our fundamental responsibility to obtain as much relevant, unbiased and factual information as possible concerning the proposed landfill. Our website is designed to share this information with our citizens, including information on the applicable timelines for public involvement, general landfill operation information and landfill environmental requirements. We have included links to the applicable websites so that the public will have every available means to do their own research on the pros and cons of the landfill project.
The City will continue to research the Jungo Road Landfill issues and will periodically update our website information for the public. If we are asked to make a decision in this regard in the future, we hope to be in a position to make a logical and fully informed decision.
Citizen participation in the governmental decision making process is always welcome and I do believe that sharing information is the key to success. I applaud your interest and welcome each person's input.
Mayor Di An Putnam
Proposed Jungo Landfill Information Page
This page was developed to provide the community with information on the Jungo Landfill proposal.
The purpose is to:
1. Provide governmental information on the proposed project.
2. Provide information on the opportunities for public involvement in the governmental process.
3. Provide general landfill information.
The information on this site is solely from governmental agencies including:
· The City of Winnemucca
· Humboldt County
· Regional Planning Commission
· Humboldt County Regional Landfill Committee
· The State of Nevada
· Federal Agencies
Jungo Timeline – Solid Waste Permit (as of 09/2009)
April 2007 - Regional Planning Commission approves conditional-use permit
April 2007 – Landfill Committee – presentation on proposal for Jungo landfill
October 2007 – City and County hold joint meeting on Solid Waste Management Ordinance Amendment/ordinance introduction
October 2007 – County and City approve ordinance change to allow out-of-area solid waste disposal at sites other than the Humboldt County Regional Landfill
March 2008 - NorCal submits Application to NDEP for review and approval
April 2008 - NDEP finds the Application incomplete
December 24, 2008 - NorCal sends response to NDEP completeness review application to construct and operate a Class I landfill
January 15, 2009 - NDEP finds the Application complete
March 04, 2009 - NDEP provides a First Technical Review of Jungo Landfill Application
May 29, 2009 - NorCal provides response to NDEP Technical comments
January – June 2010 - Estimated date to proceed to Public Comment
Opportunities for Public Involvement:
Attend upcoming public meetings
Contact your local officials via mail, phone or email (contact information provided on this website) to voice your comments and/or concerns
Keep informed through published notices and publications
NDEP permitting process:
Visual Site Location:
What is a Landfill?
Modern landfills are well-engineered facilities that are located, designed, operated, and monitored to ensure compliance with federal regulations. Solid waste landfills must be designed to protect the environment from contaminants which may be present in the solid waste stream. The landfill site plan—which prevents the placement of landfills in environmentally-sensitive areas, as well as on-site environmental monitoring systems which monitor for any sign of groundwater contamination and for landfill gas, provide additional safeguards. In addition, many new landfills collect potentially harmful landfill gas emissions and convert the gas into energy. For more information, visit EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program.
Municipal solid waste landfills (MFWLFs) receive household waste. MSWLFs can also receive non-hazardous sludge, industrial solid waste, and construction and demolition debris. All MSWLFs must comply with the federal regulations in 40 CFR Part 258 (Subtitle D of RCRA), or equivalent state regulations. Federal MSWLF standards include:
· Location restrictions—ensure that landfills are built in suitable geological areas away from faults, wetlands, flood plains, or other restricted areas.
· Composite liners requirements—include a flexible membrane (geomembrane) overlaying two feet of compacted clay soil lining the bottom and sides of the landfill, protect groundwater and the underlying soil from leachate releases.
· Leachate collection and removal systems—sit on top of the composite liner and removes leachate from the landfill for treatment and disposal.
· Operating practices—include compacting and covering waste frequently with several inches of soil to help reduce odor; control litter, insects, and rodents; and protect public health.
· Groundwater monitoring requirements—requires testing of groundwater wells to determine whether waste materials have escaped from the landfill.
· Closure and post-closure care requirements—include covering landfills and providing long-term care of closed landfills.
· Corrective action provisions—controls and cleans up landfill releases and achieves groundwater protection standards.
· Financial assurance—provides funding for environmental protection during and after landfill closure (i.e., closure and post-closure care).
Some materials may be banned from disposal in municipal solid waste landfills including common household items such as paints, cleaners/chemicals, motor oil, batteries, and pesticides. Leftover portions of these products are called household hazardous waste. These products, if mishandled, can be dangerous to your health and the environment. Many municipal landfills have a household hazardous waste drop-off station for these materials.
MSWLFs can also receive household appliances (also known as white goods) that are no longer needed. Many of these appliances, such as refrigerators or window air conditioners, rely on ozone-depleting refrigerants and their substitutes. MSWLFs have to follow federal disposal procedures for household appliances that use refrigerants (PDF) (4 pp, 384K, About PDF). EPA has general information on how refrigerants can damage the ozone layer and consumer information on the specifics of disposing of these appliances.
Typical environmental protections:
Illustrations of typical landfills, and construction. Air and water protection and monitoring.
Compliance and Reporting Requirements:
Compliance and reporting requirements can be found by contacting the NDEP (Nevada Department of Environmental Protection) and the federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
1. Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources http://www.dcnr.nv.gov/?p=1671
2. Nevada Division of Environmental Protection http://ndep.nv.gov/bwm/jungo.htm
Recent news coverage has focused on the proposed Jungo landfill site outside of Winnemucca.
The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection is responsible for issuance of the environmental permits for the site; specifically permits for air pollution control and solid waste. Per federal and state law, if the company proposing the site, and Recology meets state and federal standards, requested permits must be issued.
By statute, the State of Nevada has no jurisdiction over zoning or land use. Local governments are responsible for these approvals.
3. Nevada Division Of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waste Management: helpful links of interest:
Solid Waste Program http://ndep.nv.gov/bwm/solid.htm
Table of Contents http://ndep.nv.gov/bwm/swmp/swp02.htm
About Landfills http://ndep.nv.gov/bwm/swmp/swp04.htm#sec2.1
Waste Importation http://ndep.nv.gov/bwm/swmp/swp05.htm#sec2.4
4. EPA - Regulatory Information for the Solid Waste Sector
5. How Stuff Works? Website that explains how landfills work.
6. View the "THE ANATOMY OF A MODERN LANDFILL" courtesy National Geographic Magazine