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Landfill permit request unpopular

The Dispatch of Eatonville, Washington

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A decision by environmental health authorities on a lengthier permit for the regional landfill in the Graham-Kapowsin area is expected this month, and recorded public sentiment on the proposal is running against it.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received an application from Landfill Recovery Inc. (LRI) earlier this year to modify the company's solid-waste permit for the landfill, which is located near the intersection of State Route 161 and 304th Street.

If approved, the modification would change the permit's duration from a fixed 10 years to a period equaling the remaining operational phase of the landfill's life, which is projected to be another 25 to 35 years, according to the Health Department. The number of years depends on factors affecting the landfill such as Pierce County's population growth, economic activity, and the success of recycling and diversion programs.

The department gave the public until June 30 to submit written comments on the proposed change as part of its review of LRI's request. Seventeen citizens commented, mostly people living relatively near the landfill site. Fifteen opposed the permit request and two supported it, according to Andy Comstock, environmental health manager for the Health Department.

Comstock said the department plans to issue its decision by approximately late-September. Residents within a one-mile radius of the landfill will be notified by mail of the decision, which will be available online at

LRI's current permit for the landfill was granted in 2006 and is scheduled to expire Feb. 6, 2016.

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Original Publication Date: September 23, 2015

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