Waste Management to address landfill gas

Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2009

JUNEAU - Waste Management, which operates Juneau's only landfill at 5600 Tonsgard Court, announced it will hold a public workshop on Tuesday to discuss plans for a new landfill gas management system. The workshop is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Hickel Room of Centennial Hall.

Representatives of the city and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will be on hand to make presentations on the city's long-term solid waste strategy and state regulations.

Federal environmental regulations demand that landfill emissions are kept to a minimum and prescribe installing wells that collect and burn off the flammable fumes as one clean way to keep them in check. Juneau's 34-acre landfill has 22 such wells, but continues to receive complaints about the smell.

Eric Vance, Waste Management's district manager who oversees the landfill, has said that the wells can be improved to actively suck the gases from the buried garbage, instead of collecting it passively.

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