Division of Waste Management
Old Perry County Landfill Remediation Completed

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 02, 2007  
Contact Information:  Eva Smith-Carroll, 502-564-6716  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2007) – Environmental remediation work to reclaim the old Perry County Landfill and to protect nearby groundwater and surface waters has been completed, thanks to the Kentucky Pride Fund administered by the state Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (EPPC).

The $3.7 million project will safeguard groundwater and surface water quality in the community by minimizing and controlling leachate from the landfill. Leachate is water that collects contaminants as it seeps through the landfill.

Work included regrading the earthen cap covering the landfill, upgrading portions of the cap to include a water barrier, relocation of some waste, stormwater drainage improvements and improvements to the leachate collection system, including a drain, a trench to protect groundwater and a pumping system.

Previously, the county had been spending at least $37,000 a year on environmental testing at the site, according to Denny Noble, county judge/executive for Perry County. Now it is a “good property” that could be used for a ball field or other recreational facility, he said.

Foppe Technical Group Inc., Cincinnati, was the contractor for the site characterization and design phase of the project. The Walker Company, Mt. Sterling, was the construction contractor.

The Perry County project is among several being conducted under EPPC oversight at old, closed landfills. Upgrades at these old landfills are aimed at protecting human health and the environment, a top priority of the cabinet and the Fletcher Administration, said EPPC Secretary Teresa J. Hill.

In addition to the Perry County Landfill, construction is complete on the Sims Road Landfill and Briar Hill Landfill in Scott County, and the old Leitchfield Landfill in Grayson County. 

Work is in progress at Leitchfield’s Millwood Landfill in Grayson County, the Campbellsville Landfill in Taylor County, the old Floyd County Landfill, the old Cynthiana Landfill in Harrison County, the old Manchester Landfill in Clay County and the old Harlan County Landfill.

The Kentucky Pride Program was created by the General Assembly in 2002.  Funding for the program comes from a $1.75 per ton fee paid by generators of waste disposed at municipal solid waste landfills and the proceeds from a $25 million bond issue.