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LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

September 13, 2011

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Melissa Chalona

 

Stephen Gillette, Solid Waste Dept

Michael Jones

 

Steve Harem, Solid Waste Dept

Jennifer Lee

 

Gillian Gwartz, CSU

Brian McCluskey

 

 

Ryan McShane

 

Staff :

Earlie Thomas

 

Doug Ryan

Joseph Wilson

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

Solid Waste.  Stephen Gillette and Steve Harem provided an update on the County’s solid waste program.  That update touched on several key issues:

·  Capacity - At current usage, staff estimates that the landfill has approximately 18 years of operation left.

·  Composting – The landfill does not offer composting, although this is a much-requested service.  Stephen Gillette noted that composting in this climate requires lots of water, and is very expensive.  For these reasons composting of solid waste is not currently considered feasible at the landfill. 

·  Landfill Gas Collection System – this system is installed and is currently flaring landfill gasses.  Approximately 200 cubic feet per minute is collected.  This results in an air quality benefit because the unburned methane is a significantly more potent greenhouse gas than the carbon dioxide that is created by the flair. With the closing the west portion of Phase 6 in the future, new methane wells in that area will add to the gas yield.  The system needs to collect approximately 500 cubic feet per minute to justify installing a gas-fired electrical generation unit.

·  Explosive Gas Migration – routine monitoring discovered that landfill gas had migrated to the north boundary at levels above state standards.  Those levels have occurred seasonally, and are being monitored regularly.  At this point the extent of offsite migration is not a hazard to any other properties.

·  Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting –rules promulgated by the US EPA require landfills to measure the amount of greenhouse gasses that are emitted from the landfill.  The EPA requirements are very specific, and require that all refuse accepted be weighed.  Because the landfill has historically operated on a volume rather than a weight basis, a series of scales were recently installed: two for inbound traffic and one for exiting traffic.  The measurements will be used to calculate potential methane production, and will be used in conjunction with the landfill gas monitoring system to calculate the gasses that escape into the atmosphere.

·  The solid waste system offered through the County includes the landfill, recycling center, household hazardous waste, and educational activities.  All of these services are funded primarily through the landfill tipping fee. 

 

Environmental Stewardship Awards.  The EAB Stewardship Awards Committee met on September 8 to consider initial recommendations for this year’s stewardship award nominations.  Committee members Joe Wilson, Melissa Chalona, Earlie Thomas and Ruben Blanco are the committee members.  Fourteen nominations for twelve potential recipients were received this year.   Joe Wilson led a discussion with the full EAB about all the nominations.  At the conclusion of the discussion, the consensus of the members present was to recommend four nominations for consideration by the County Commissioners.  Doug Ryan will meet with the Commissioners to outline the EAB recommendations.  Mr. Ryan noted that as in the past all 14 nominations will be presented to the Commissioners. 

 

 

 

Updates:  

Jennifer Lee announced that a wildlife photography exhibit called Wild Shots Exhibit 2011 will be held on Saturday, September 17 at the Bellvue Bean Coffee Shop.  The photographs are from a project that uses self-triggering remote camera images from local parks and is billed as a collaborative citizen-science project. 

 

Jennifer Lee reminded members that the County Commissioners’ annual reception to honor board & commission members will be held on Monday, September 26 at 4:30 PM.  An email message was sent out to all EAB members.  Those planning to attend should RSVP by September 21.

 

Jennifer Lee noted that the U.S. Forest Service will be hosting National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 24.  Local activities will be in the Red Feather Lakes area.  Information is available on the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forest website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/.

 

Melissa Chalona noted the recent news that the Obama Administration has postponed adoption of more stringent ozone air quality standards as originally proposed by the U.S. EPA.  Instead, the plan is to review the current 2008 standard in 2013 as part of the mandated five year review cycle.  Additional information is available on the Regional Air Quality Council website at: www.ozoneaware.org/news/more/tightening_of_ozone_standard_delayed_to_2013/.

 

Kimberly Karish was not able to attend the meeting, but did send an email to members containing some additional follow-up information about the NEPA process for environmental impact statements.  Included were a link to the citizen’s guide to the NEPA process, and information about how time limits for preparing impact statements are evaluated. 

 

EAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.

 

Next Meeting:

The EAB does not plan to meet in October.  The next meeting is scheduled for November 8.

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:30 PM

Background Image: Loveland Bike Trail by Sharon Veit. All rights reserved.