Thanks to Ben Brown for the observations and questions he raised in his opinion piece, "Time to Reduce the Landfill Stench." The piece correctly points out that the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation regulates the Juneau landfill.
We issue and enforce permits held by its owner and operator, Waste Management. State regulation and permit terms require Waste Management to minimize odors emitted by its landfill. In early November, the Department of Environmental Conservation registered a notable increase in complaints about the landfill and formally notified Waste Management that it must investigate the source and provide a plan within 60 days for controlling the odors.
For members of the public interested in hearing about the odor-control plan and efforts, a public information workshop is being held next Tuesday at Centennial Hall. Waste Management officials are scheduled to give a talk about their Active Gas System and DEC managers will give a regulatory overview. The City and Borough of Juneau will provide information on the city's long-term solid waste strategy. The information workshop will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 in the Hickel Room.
Public Information Officer
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation