For Immediate Release
July 17, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Public Meeting on Proposed C&D Landfill
Scheduled for August 4 in Baxter Springs

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will hold a public participation meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4 at the Baxter Springs Community Building, 1101 East Avenue, Baxter Springs, regarding a proposed construction and demolition waste landfill.  The proposed facility would be operated by Robison Environmental Services, LLC, approximately one-quarter mile west of the intersection of State Line Road and Swalley Road west of Baxter Springs.

A brief presentation on the permit review process will be followed by an informal opportunity for the public to get information on the proposed landfill.  KDHE staff will be available to discuss how design, geology and operation will be evaluated through the technical review of the landfill permit application. 

The proposed landfill would have a permitted waste disposal area of 2 acres on an 18.3 acre site. The 40,000 cubic yards of disposal capacity, if approved, would last for about 10 years at projected disposal rates. 

Anyone interested in learning more about the project or providing input to KDHE staff early in the permit review process is encouraged to attend.  The meeting will not cover zoning or land use issues previously addressed by the Cherokee County Commission.

By state law, KDHE must determine if the landfill application meets all required engineering, geological and environmental standards before issuing a permit.  Only a preliminary evaluation of the application has been conducted at this time.  KDHE will perform a detailed technical review of the application followed by a formal public notice before a final determination is made on whether to issue a permit modification for the landfill expansion.