Valley landfill/transfer station funding application approved

“…we had our hands handcuffed.” Clay Baird

EVANSTON — The Bridger Valley Landfill again raised its head at the Uinta County Commission meting on July 5, when the commissioners unanimously approved an application for $1.4 million for more work at the area.

The landfill, projected to be closed and turned into a transfer station for Bridger Valley, requires more funding according to Clay Baird, Uinta County Public Works director, Tuesday morning. Baird said the application approved by the commissioners is for both a grant and loan through the State Lands and Investment Board (SLIB). At the commission meeting on July 5, Baird indicated he thought the application would be approved.

Tuesday morning Baird said, the application will be turned into SLIB in September, and the issue will be taken up at the SLIB board meeting in December. Requirements are the application has to be made 90 days prior to the board meeting.

How the board sets up the funding will determine how much of the $l.4 million is in a grant and how much is in a loan. On these types of applications, entities are eligible for up to a 75 percent grant, but Baird said, there is no guarantee the county will receive a 75 percent grant. The SLIB board determines the split.

The time between the application and the actual meeting is a wait-and-see time for the county on the application.

Baird said the design stage of the transfer station was about 80 percent completed. The county now has to apply for a permit. Following the paper work, Baird said the completion of the project will probably take 15 to 16 months pushing the actual operation of the transfer station” into October-November of next year.”

“DEQ has worked will with us, but they are under pretty strict rules of the EPA,” Baird said.

When asked if the county basically had no choice in continuing with the landfill, Baird responded with, the county was basically told, “If you don’t do what we (EPA) like, we will take over and you won’t like it…we had our hands handcuffed.”

The issue of turning the Bridger Valley Landfill into a transfer station surfaced several years ago. In 2008, Wyoming implemented an Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan.

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