Public event planned for discussion on Promontory Point landfill

Monday , February 05, 2018 - 5:15 AM

A landfill is likely coming to the shores of the Great Salt Lake, and environmental advocates have planned a public meeting for Tuesday night to discuss its implications.

FRIENDS of the Great Salt LakeUtah Sierra Club, HEAL Utah and others have organized the gathering for 6:30-8 p.m., Feb. 6, at Weber State University’s Elizabeth Hall, Room 229.

How would Promontory Point Landfill benefit most Utahns? Not much, it seems

The event is free, although organizers request attendees register online

The 2,000-acre landfill site is located in Box Elder County on the southern tip of the Great Salt Lake’s Promontory Point. The site has been permitted to accept local municipal waste as a Class I landfill since the early 2000s, but it has yet to receive any trash.

The landfill is expected to initially create roughly 30 jobs for Box Elder County, and could generate around $2 million in annual revenue for the county from property taxes and tipping fees. 

Owners of the future landfill site have submitted plans for a Class V permit, which would allow the facility to take waste from out of state. The landfill owners have expressed interest in accepting coal ash, incinerator ash and contaminated soils, which has some environmentalists worried about potential impacts to the birds and local industries that rely on the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. 

Officials with the Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control are evaluating the Promontory Point landfill’s Class V permit application. Allan Moore, Solid Waste Program Manager for the division, will offer a presentation and take questions during the meeting.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page for details.  

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