This Morning: Time is running out for residents to voice concerns over Lansing landfill expansion

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The clock is ticking for people in Ingham and Clinton Counties to voice their concerns about an expansion to a local landfill.

Residents have until this Friday to share with state officials how they feel.

Granger waste operates a Type 2 landfill in Lansing. 

It sits on more than 300 acres of land containing material that includes average household trash.

The company hopes to expand, developing a Type 3 landfill on nearly 13 acres it already owns.

“There are several Type 3 facilities in Michigan but there is not one designated in the mid-Michigan area. This would be the first one,” says Tonia Olson, Sr. Director of Market Development and Governmental Relations at Granger.

Tonia Olson says the Type 3 facility would accept only fly ash (very fine ashes) and impacted soils from 10 mid-Michigan counties.

She says impacted soils could be dirt from a construction site.

“The soils from some past activity has a level of contaminant that’s higher than what you would naturally find in the soil and so it needs to be remediated before it can be developed,” says Olson.

Granger already accepts these materials in it’s Type 2 landfill.

But Olson says separating it would improve operations. 

“We’re really just redirecting it within our facility,” says Olson.

She says the new facility has been in the works for 18 years.

It would last the next 30 years.

However according to Ingham County Commissioner, Thomas Morgan, some homeowners nearby don’t agree with the move.

“People have concerns about water contamination. They have concerns about smell. They have concerns about traffic,” says Morgan.

Granger responded, saying it’s groundwater is tested on a regular basis.

In addition, because it’s a Type 3 facility, Olson says it deals with non-degradable waste and shouldn’t create added odor.

Morgan believes it’s up to state officials and neighbors to hold Granger accountable.

“We need to make sure that the state is doing proper monitoring to keep residents healthy and safe,” says Morgan.

Granger submitted it’s proposal to the Department of Environmental Quality.

The agency has until mid-January to decide whether or not to issue a permit.

If you’d like to share you opinion you only have two more days to do it.

The DEQ will close it’s public comment period this Friday.

The deadline for Public Comment on the Part 115 Solid Waste Management construction permit application for a Type III Industrial Landfill.  A decision is expected by January 25, 2019.  For information contact: Lawrence Bean at 517-416-4375 or e-mail beanl@michigan.gov.  Decision maker:  Jack Schinderle, Director, Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division.

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