Division of Waste Management
Department for Environmental Protection awards construction contract for Richmond Landfill project

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 15, 2009  
Contact Information:  Billy Yarnell 502-564-6716  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 15, 2009) – The Department for Environmental Protection today announced a $1.2 million contract award to Weddle Enterprises Inc. of Somerset, Ky., to construct a force main to convey leachate from the Richmond Landfill to the nearest tie-in point with the Richmond Utilities sanitary sewer system. The contract is funded through the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is administered by the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management. Currently, the impacted water is pumped and hauled via tanker truck to the treatment plant.

Construction will begin immediately and is expected to continue through the end of September. The force main will be located in the right of way of Four Mile Road. The construction project is anticipated to save the city of Richmond $400,000 each year.

The Madison County project is among several being conducted under cabinet oversight at old, closed landfills. Upgrades at these old landfills are aimed at protecting human health and the environment. Financing is from the Kentucky Pride Fund created by the General Assembly in 2002.  Program money comes from a $1.75 per ton fee paid by generators of waste disposed at municipal solid waste landfills.