Division of Waste Management
Contract awarded for $1.3 million landfill project

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 30, 2008  
Contact Information:  Eva Smith-Carroll, 502-564-6716  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 30,  2008) – The state has awarded a $1.3 million construction contract to Terra Contracting, Kalamazoo, Mich.,  for environmental remediation at two adjacent closed landfills in Clark County --  the old Clark County Landfill and the Winchester Municipal Utilities (WMU) Landfill.

The contract is funded through the Kentucky Pride Fund, which is administered by the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management.

Construction is expected to begin in August and be complete in January 2009. The remediation will eliminate the need to haul waste liquid that drains from the landfills, known as leachate, and greatly reduce maintenance costs. Hauling leachate was costing the county from $70,000 to $92,000 per year. Maintenance costs at the upgraded landfill should be around $20,000 to $30,000.

Henry Branham, county judge-executive, said he is “glad the project is moving forward and that we are going to have closure.”

Upgrades include placing additional soil cover and re-grading flat portions of the landfill to promote better stormwater drainage and minimize leachate production. An on-site leachate-holding lagoon and wetland cells will be constructed to treat the collected leachate so it can then be discharged as surface water.  This will eliminate the current need to transport the liquid via tanker trucks to the wastewater treatment plant for disposal.

The older portion of the landfill, known as the Old Clark County Landfill, (OCC Landfill) operated from around 1967 to the 1980s.  The other portion of the landfill, the WMU Landfill, operated from the early 1970s to 1992.

The Clark 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 and proceeds from a $25 million bond issue.

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