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Case 2013-068 (PDF)

Case 2013-069 (PDF)

ADEC letter to CMS on clean up of Palmer Dump site (PDF)
 

EPA Citizens guide to Ground water protection



Why did the state consolidate all the dump sites? Read the Alaska Regionalization Waste Report Click Here



Munter Hydrological Evaluation of the Palmer monofill site.
(PDF)



TOXIC TIRES


One mile radius?
The Eklutna Mono Fill Dump will impact your property value!
Click Here for map (PDF)




PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION:

We have a petition that you can print out: Click Here

You do not have to be a resident of the Chugiak Community Council to sign the petition. Since this is an independent, grass-roots approach, anyone residing in the Anchorage area should sign!!

TOXIC

Gypsum becomes poisonous gas in the landfill
"...when drywall reaches landfills--and it does so in vast quantities, as it constitutes about 15% of all construction and demolition debris--it can leach these toxic chemicals into groundwater. And in the anaerobic conditions of landfills, bacteria convert gypsum into hydrogen sulfide, a poisonous gas. ..." Read more


Hydrogen Sulfide: Health Effects, Detection and Exposure Prevention
(Gases from sheetrock)

Hydrogen sulfide can affect the body if it is inhaled or it comes in contact with the eyes, skin, nose or throat. It can also affect the body if it is swallowed.

Inhalation of low concentrations may cause headache, dizziness and upset stomach. At higher concentrations hydrogen sulfide may cause loss of consciousness and death. Hydrogen sulfide has a strong odor of rotten eggs at low concentrations and a sweetish odor at higher locations.

Read more
....(PDF)




Problems of Traditional Handling Methods
Landfill

Hydrogen sulfide gas may be produced when landfilling gypsum, particularly in a wet climate. Several conditions are required, including a moist, anaerobic environment and a low pH. Hydrogen sulfide gas is toxic at high concentrations (~1,000 parts per million) and has a foul, rotten-egg odor. Several communities in Canada do not accept drywall at landfills for this reason. Read more...


 






We are a small rural community - not a big-money corporation. For us the stakes are higher than numbers on
an accounting report- we are fighting for our families, our environment, our property, our neighbors, our quality of life.
YOUR VOICE COUNTS!

As we learn more about construction and demolition landfills, it is much more than water quality that is at issue here, although water contamination is a huge concern. One of the most alarming concerns is hydrogen sulfide gas, which is a deadly toxic caused by the decomposition of gypsum board. It is especially unhealthy to the elderly, people with existing health issues and children. The laws need to change so these little pocket landfills with little regulations are not aloud and that construction and demolition debris is taken to a properly managed landfill. Years ago the state made an effort to do this by closing many of the landfills in the state. Why now are we going back to this terrible practice? Anyone that lives near Birchwood Airport knows that these landfills are not working and will become toxic cleanups in the years to come, if they can be cleaned up at all. Do we need to wait until people end up in emergency rooms from toxic fumes or worse yet dying from breathing this toxic air? Departments like ADEC are only here to help after contamination has happened and even then they have little to offer saying they do not have the proper equipment to test the air or that they must wait for the same weather conditions to gather data. In the meantime business like Central Recycling save a huge amount of money by dumping in a pristine, self regulated location.

Join us in the fight to stop these dumps!



Updates On the Mono Fill:

Planning & Zonning 6:30 Dec 9th at the Z.J. Loussac Public Library Assembly chambers 6:30 pm

((((((THE RESOLUTION WAS POSTPONED
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Planning & Zonning 6:30 Dec 9th at the Z.J. Loussac Public Library Assembly chambers. 

This is the reading of the Resolution: 2013-039 Related Case: 2013-068
Purpose: APPROVAL (MRO)
Request for approval of a Master Plan in the PC (planned community) District for Eklutna Planned Community (EPC).
T15N, R1W, Sec 17, NE1/4 PTN, S.M. Generally located southeast of the Glenn Highway and west of Kerbow Lane.


Planning & Zoning Agenda - Nov 4, 2013 at the Loussac Library 6:30 pm

((((((THE RESOLUTION WAS POSTPONED
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Resolution: 2013-039 Related Case: 2013-068
Purpose: APPROVAL (MRO) Request for approval of a Master Plan in the PC (planned community)
District for Eklutna Planned Community (EPC). T15N, R1W, Sec 17, NE1/4 PTN, S.M.
Generally located southeast of the Glenn Highway and west of Kerbow Lane.

VIEW AGENDA
(PDF)

UPDATE ON NOV 4th ZONING MEETING:
October 28th, 10 am - We talked to P&Z department and they said this is the "formal" resolution stating in detail why the commission denied Eklutna's PC . ( just the process) they can make amendments at this time but if they did it would have to go back through the process of hearing etc.. They can also file to be heard by the assembly and push forward on their master plan ( they have 15 days from Nov 5) --- > we encourage folks to attend and show our concern and continued interest.



Despite the planning department's recommendation of approval, the P&Z Commission voted 6 to 1 against the rezone. This is good news for the moment, but, no doubt that Eklutna will be appealing this decision to the Anchorage Assembly. We need your continued support - please stay tuned and informed. Thank you everyone who has supported us all this way - we could not have done it without ALL of you! Thank you for standing with us.




Central Recycling/Central Monofill Services proposed monofill dump in Chugiak would be unlined and the dump's leachate will find its way into Mink and Fire Creeks and into hundreds of private wells. The proposed ground water monitoring wells that Central plans to install around the monofill are pointless at protecting the groundwater. All that the monitoring wells could provide is information as to when the leachate reaches the water table. At that point it is simply too late. You can’t just remove the “inert” material and undo contamination of the water table at least not at a cost bearable to Central or Eklutna Inc. This is not recycling, this is environmental poisoning at its finest. ~ Scott Girard~


Please take the time to attend the continuation of the Anchorage Muni Planning and Zoning hearings/meeting (rescheduled) on this proposed dump site Otober 7th, 2013 - 6:30 PM in Anchorage at the Z.J. Loussac Library Assembly Chamber.
Written comments are still being accepted on cases 2013-069, 2013-106 and 2013-114.

Click here if you would like to leave a comment on the Municipal Website



The largest landholder in the MOA, Eklutna Inc.. Eklutna,Inc has decided to get into  the Monofill dump business and has partnered with Central Recycling Services (CRS) to achieve this. They have decided to try and rezone one of their properties, located at the intersection of Kerbow Ln. and the Old Glenn Hwy., into  an industrial area for the purpose of putting in a monofill dump. What they have been saying is that they want to rezone 68 acres, but are only planning to use 17 of those acres for the dump with no explanation of what they will do with the other 51 acres.  Just recently  during testimony before the zoning board, they have added that they want to make 10 of those acres into an Industrial Park, something that was never mentioned in any of their public meetings.  Here are some of our reasons why this should not happen.

This land that they want to convert into a dump is directly above a wetlands that is the headwaters of Mink Creek. Those waters flow under the New Glenn Hwy. into the Mink Lake (one entity prior to the New Glenn being built), and then join with  Parks Cr. and then into Fire Cr. (from Fire Lk.) and then into the inlet. These waters have all been well documented by Ak. Fish and Game as having salmon, trout, dollies and more.  It is unknown if any of the fish or their fry make it up to the waters just below the proposed dump, but certainly those waters and whatever is in it will flow all the way to the inlet.

The watershed here is also not a beginning for the Birchwood Community watershed, it is part of the flow of water that starts in the Chugach Mountains and flows under and thru the proposed dump and into the ground water and wells of a large part of the community. As a matter of fact, the ADEC has identified the area directly at the proposed site as an “Alaska DEC Drinking Water Protection Area”.  These areas were created to comply with the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act.

The argument from Eklutna and Central Recyling Services is that it doesn’t matter because they are only planning to dump construction and demolition waste into the ground and that is made up of “inert” materials.  The term implies that it is a sterile substance that can do no harm and cannot pollute anything. Unfortunately that argument has been disproven at numerous  monofill sites across the country. The amount of pollution in some cases is on the scale of the infamous “Love Canal” catastrophe.  Part of the problem is that rules and legislation have not caught up with science.  Take for instance Gypsum board, also called sheetrock and drywall.  The EPA only has regulations stating that asbestos laced drywall has to be separated, wetted down, and placed into lined and controlled pits.  The current and well documented science, thanks in a large part to the numerous floods and hurricane related disasters in the world, is that when normal sheetrock gets wet , it puts out large amounts of hydrogen sulfide that is an extremely dangerous substance. There is a Federal Agency known as ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry). They issued a publication, Construction and Demolition (C&D) Landfills: Emerging Public and Occupational Health Issues.  In it they confirmed  the hydrogen sulfide from sheetrock  in C & D sites (Monofill is a term that sounds better than Construction and Demolition) has caused several deaths in some sites and significant health problems  in communities.  They go on to state that the EPA does not currently regulate C&D sites and that the regulations are up the individual states and communities and that there is little consistency from state to state. The hydrogen sulfide can be airborne and waterborne and has dissolved into water and into wells.

The material will get wet, despite all the rhetoric that they plan to put 6 inches of soil over the fill every day and carefully slope that cover every day away from the pit.  First of all, this is going to be an unlined dumpsite and under the thin layer of dirt covering it now, that area is all gravel, which is by nature, very porous.  That also means that the cover that they will be using over a 20 to 30 year period will come from the same area and that will be gravel.  They are required to place the product no closer to the ground water table than ten feet.  So they are placing this waste on top of a porous substance and covering it with a porous substance and claiming that it will not leach thru into the water table.  Couple this with the multi day and/ or multi/week rain events that are not uncommon here and that totally saturate the ground and the break up snowmelt that is inevitable and there is no way that water will not flow thru this unlined pit and into the water table and into the streams.  This is also well documented in the hydrological study commissioned by the Mat Su Borough when CRS tried to do the same thing in Palmer.  Click Here

 



This is a video showing the actual materials dumped on the PALMER MONO FILL site illegally last spring before they had a permit. The same company that wants to do business at the Chugiak site, It certainly doesn't look like a "product" that is described in the legal arguments from Central Monofill Services (aka: Central Recycling Services ) court documents.

....A Taste of Things to Come









MONO FILL DUMP COMING TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD - ACT NOW!!

STOP THE DUMP and the Chugiak Community are dedicated to stopping Eklutna, Inc. and Central Recycling Services from rezoning a large parcel of land adjacent to Loretta French Park and dozens of homes and creating a landfill. The landfill operation is proposed to last 30 years!! Questions? Please Contact us at stopthedumpchugiak@gmail.com

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Location : Loretta French Park, Chugiak, Alaska 99567





BE PROUD OF CHUGIAK

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Be proud of Chugiak, it has a rich history. Don't let GREEDY development bully us .

You wouldn’t really know about Chugiak unless you lived there. 

That is to say, the name would be lost as just another brief suburb along the highway between Anchorage and Wasilla, and if you found yourself surprisingly in the town because you failed to take the Eagle River exit onto the New Glenn Highway, your only stop would be to ask for directions to somewhere else......

Click here to read about your cummunity history.


MOA Planning recommendations to MOA Zoning
Click Here (PDF) 258 pages of real good reading!



EKLUTNA INC. REMOVES TWO OF OUR INFORMATIONAL SIGNS FROM THE CORNER OF OLD GLENN HIGHWAY AND KERBOW LANE!

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Unbelievable:

At 4:45 this afternoon, an Amonson Road resident witnessed a female throwing the sign boards into the back of a pick-up truck.

Realizing she was being watched, the female jumped into the truck and sped off toward Eagle River, averting her face as she passed the witness so as to avoid being identified.

The truck was clearly labelled with "Eklutna Inc." on its sides!!

The community is looking forward to Eklutna's explaination of why they removed property that didn't belong to them from property they do not own.

The photo (taken approximately 2 hours later) shows the remnants of the sign bases that were left behind.

 

UPDATE: july 19, 2013 - After talking with an Eklutna representative, who admitted the signs were removed by Ekultna Inc., the signs were returned. The next week the municpality removed our signs by order of the mayors office. 24 hrs later the right of way employees were ordered to not only return our banners & signs but help us ut them back up where they were.




UPDATE:



What they can't recycle will be coming to the new dump.
The one they want to put in your neighborhood !"
stop the (new) dump !

June 25, 2013 - The MOA Planning Department has just recommended to approve the rezone and landfill permit for the Eklutna landfill project. The Chugiak Community Council has submitted to the Planning Department the resolution passed at the last meeting opposing the monofill. We have submitted a copy of the petition with more than 580 signatures to the Planning Department.We believe that a dump does not belong next to a neighborhood and regional park. If we don't want this in our community we need to ACT NOW.

The two applications are scheduled for public hearing at the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library in Anchorage.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW
:

  • CONTACT the MOA Planning Department (Director: Jerry T. Weaver, Jr. 907-343-7909 or email him at WeaverJT@ci.anchorage.ak.us

  • Visit the MOA website and post a COMMENT - CLICK HERE (Note, there are TWO separate applications relating to this project. One for the Conditional Use Permit for the Monofill; One for the overall Master Plan. Submit your comments to both cases.)

  • ATTEND AND TESTIFY at the Planning and Zoning Commission hearing and voice your opinion. The hearing will be Monday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library in Anchorage. You have up to 3 minutes of time for your testimony. Prepare the points you want to make to the commission. If you are not comfortable in public speaking, prepare a written statement and simply read it to the commission.

  • KEEP UP TO DATE: Visit us here on Facebook.

  • CALL AND EMAIL YOUR ASSEMBLY REPRESENTATIVES: Amy Demboski and Bill Starr need to hear it from YOU! Amy Demboski Email: DemboskiA@muni.org Phone: 688-2671 Bill Starr Email: starrwe@muni.org Phone: 350-5481

  • CHEER US ON OR JOIN US IN THE CHUGIAK 4th of JULY PARADE: Several residents of the Amonson Road / Bending Birch area will be walking in the 4th of July Parade to raise awareness of this project in our community. More information will be available shortly for those who are interested in participating.


What will the mono fill dump impact?

Land fill STOP Chugiak
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The Central Monofill Services landfill site is neighbors to newly developed Loretta French Park to the east. A park with ball fields, a play ground, picnic tables, an archery range, equine stables and fields, basketball courts, a sledding hill, a field for model airplane hobbiest and so much more. In fact, the landfill operators would like to access the site via the existing road, Kerbow Lane, which is on Loretta French Park property.

The CMS landfill site also borders Chugiak Children's Services and the Chugiak Community Center, a historical buiding site and established, residential neighborhoods to the south. The residential street winds uphill from the Old Glenn Highway, and many of the homes have a direct view of what may become a landfill.

The community is finally getting long awaited bike and walking trails, ball fields with llittle league and minor leagues playing there. The Chugach State Park Ptarmingan Trail head, in use for several years now, directly across from Loretta French park will surely see the impact as well.

What our families dreamed of, a scenic bedroom community of Anchorage will be lost for 30 years. The Old Genn Highway, designated as a National Scenic Byway will be the truck haul route (think BIG, SEMI-LIKE TRUCKS) on avearge, 12 trucks a day crossing our path and dumping self-monitored debris into a unlined ravine. Note the proximity of the lakes, ponds and salmon filled streams ( Fire Creek) to this proposed site - it should make anyone with a well or enviromentally aware shudder.

A similar dump site at Birchwood firing range in Chugiak, caught on fire and then was water soaked, causing a extremly offensive odor that brought many complaints to neighboring businesses and residence, but the company did no action. They said, live with it, the smell will go away eventually. CRS, was dumping construction debris there.

Will they be prepared to handle any issues such as a fire? accidental toxic watse getting into this ravine? Airborne debris getting into the water ways and residential areas? Do they have a plan in place? Will their $500,000 dollar insurance coverage take care of any long term damage? These are things we need to ask and stand up for, demand answers for. Please attend future meetings. We need to show that we are standing in numbers against this plan. This project does NOT belong in any residential areas. It's irresponsible on every level.

Read more about Central Monofill Services


Residents Near Birchwood Landfill Suffering Through Stink

BIRCHWOOD AIRPORT - If you lived downwind of a landfill you probably wouldn’t be surprised if there was an occasional odor. But some people who work very close to the Birchwood landfill say they are putting up with an unhealthy stink almost every day. “By 8 o’clock you’ve got a headache, your eyes are watering and you are coughing,” said Mariann Falcone. Falcone works at the Birchwood Airport. She’s describing what many people feel about an odor that’s been drifting their way for months. “It kind of gets all the way down in your throat, you can feel it down in your stomach, it’s pretty bad,” said John Daily, whose plane is parked at the Birchwood Airport. Neighbors complain of headaches, watery eyes and queasy stomachs that are coming from a stinky smell that is hard to describe. “Sometimes it smells like sewer, sometimes it smells like rubber's burning; you keep looking over there and you don’t see black smoke but it's like what’s going on?“ said Falcone. The landfill is owned by the Birchwood Shooting Club and is located just beyond the firing range. The Department of Environmental Conservation has been keeping tabs on it and said the smell is no mystery. The odor is coming from decomposing construction waste. Chipped up construction materials were buried deep in the landfill, they got wet and started a perfect storm of stinkiness. “They got too much water in there from last year’s rain and some of the snow melt from earlier this year,“ said DEC worker Lori Adrich. “It was just the right combination of materials for it to start to decompose.” According to the DEC, the landfill owners are in full compliance and are doing what needs to be done to stop the smell, including churning up the waste to expose it to oxygen. She said the smell is real but getting better. In the meantime some Birchwood residents say they will worry until it goes away completely. The landfill owners say that will happen soon. They plan to put a thick layer of dirt over the troublesome section of the landfill in the next few weeks. As soon as the soil is warm enough to dig up, they plan to close off that section of the landfill for good.

Note: Could this have been toxic fumes (deadly hydrogen sulfide) from wet sheet rock?

For Alaska DEC contacts and more information on this: Click here





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Links of Interest


Proposed landfills for demolition debris raise alarm in Chugiak, Alaska ~ ADN


Poisons found in Construction & Demolition debris landfills -
"...Things changed in 2003 after federal officials declared a debris landfill in Warren Township in Trumbull County an "urgent health hazard." Water there reacted with gypsum wallboard to create toxic clouds of hydrogen sulfide gas....." Read more click here


Alaska Fish & Game Fish Resource Monitor - Fire Creek ( map ) YES, salmon do spawn and rear in both Fire Creek and Mink Creek!


Important things to know about landfill gas



The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center

CICA is your source for plain language explanations of environmental rules for the construction industry.




Palmer Toxic Dumping Facebook page



Eagel River Chugiak Faults Lines (PDF)



The majority of the waste proposed to go in the Chugiak mono fill is military construction waste - - Learn more about military construction debris complaints Click Here




The more we know the better advised we are ---- Military track record of contaminated buildings ---- http://cswab.org/ healthy-communities-campaign-op en-burning-and-thermal-treatme nt-of-munitions-contaminated-w astes/




Landfills: Emerging Public & Occupational Health Issues

Historically, construction and demolition (C&D) debris landfills have been considered nonhazardous operations, containing relatively inert wastes such as concrete, asphalt, wood, metals, gypsum drywall, and roofing materials. In recent years, however, it has become increasingly clear that emissions resulting from the decomposition of gypsum drywall and organic debris are a public health issue. Drywall, comprised of gypsum (CaSO4 •2H2 O), breaks down into hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur compounds under anaerobic conditions and in the presence of water. When exposed to water, the sulfate in the gypsum is dissolved in landfill leachate (Townsend, 1998) Read more... (PDF)