Hearing to be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at the senior center

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites the public to attend a public hearing to comment on the Burns-Hines Disposal Site’s draft landfill permit, known officially as a municipal solid waste permit.

The Burns-Hines Disposal Site’s current permit limits the facility to a construction and demolition landfill. The proposed permit would allow the facility to also take municipal solid waste.

Currently, the Burns Hines Disposal Site and Transfer Station operate under separate DEQ solid waste permits. They are, however, located at the same property. The transfer station is permitted to accept household garbage, which is then trucked to the Simco Landfill in Mt. Home, Idaho. The Burns Hines Disposal permit is for the disposal of construction and demolition waste.

Under the proposed permit, the owners of the Burns-Hines Disposal Site, Black Crow Disposal, LLC, will discontinue trucking garbage to Idaho, but the transfer station will remain active as a drop-off location for the public. The proposed permit would allow them to dispose of both household garbage and construction demolition debris in the landfill, and operate it as a municipal solid waste landfill.

If this permit is issued, it will replace both the current construction and demolition debris landfill permit and the transfer station permit. No other DEQ permits are required for the operation of the landfill.

The public hearing will be held on Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. in the Harney County Senior Center. Written comments are due by 5 p.m.  Dec. 7, and can be sent to Susan Christensen, Natural Resource Specialist, 475 NE Bellevue Drive, Suite 110, Bend, OR 97702; or emailed to christensen.susan@deq.state.or.us
Hard copies of the draft permit and related documents are available at the Harney County Library, 80 West “D” St., Burns.

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