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Re: E-M:/ Wetlands exchange makes sense for both landfill and Michigan



There are several problems with the proposed "deal".

The proposal would result in a net LOSS of wetlands in Michigan. The wetlands to be destroyed are in the Rouge River watershed and there is no plan to create any new artificial wetlands (let alone making sure they do not fail).

The proposal would simply transfer wetlands that are currently in private hands to being managed by the state.

There is no benefit or compensation to Wayne Co.
Van Buren Twsp receives host community fees (a bribe for the community to live beyond its means on the short term). When the landfill eventually closes there will be a huge loss to Van Buren Twsp's revenue stream. The future residents of Van Buren Twsp will face many potential problems with a closed landfill, but they will not see the "benefits" of the host community fees. What other businesses will want to locate in Van Buren Twsp given the burden of a closed landfill?

IF this proposal is allowed to go forward, Waste Management of Michigan should be required to create, maintain and assure the success of wetlands in the Lower Rouge watershed.

I also believe that Wayne Co. should receive some further compensation if this proposal goes forward. For example, Waste Management of Michigan, Inc. (WMMI) should build a Materials Recovery Facility to be owned and operated by Wayne Co. The MDEQ has documented that Wayne Co. has a shortage of capacity for processing recyclables. Further this would provide for long term jobs and reduce Wayne Co's long term need for landfills by extending the life of the existing landfills.

I question the need to accommodate WMMI given the available capacity of other landfills in Wayne Co. Given that WMMI is also filling its Pine Tree Acres landfill in Macomb Co. with huge volumes of Canadian trash that landfill is not available to fulfill the needs of Oakland and Macomb Counties on the long term.

To my knowledge their are 4 major Type II landfills operating in Wayne County.

Below is what is reported in Table 11 of the Solid Waste Landfilled Report for FY 2004.
Trash received is from Table 7 of the same report.

Carleton Farms, Sumpter Twsp (Republic Services)
remaining capacity developed: ~ 51 million CY
FY 2004 capacity used: ~2.6 million CY
projected years of capacity at FY2004 rate: 20 years
FY 2004 trash received: ~5.1 million CY*

Riverview Land Preserve, Riverview (City of Riverview)
remaining capacity developed: ~ 19 million CY
FY 2004 capacity used: ~0.8 million CY
projected years of capacity at FY2004 rate: 24 years
FY 2004 trash received: ~2.2 million CY*

Sauk Trail Hills Landfill, Canton Twsp (Great Lakes Waste, Inc. [subsidiary of Allied Waste Industries. Inc.])
remaining capacity developed: ~ 18 million CY
FY 2004 capacity used: ~1.4 million CY
projected years of capacity at FY2004 rate: 15 years
FY 2004 trash received: ~2.1 million CY*

Woodland Meadows, Van Buren Twsp (Waste Management of MI)
remaining capacity developed: ~ 13 million CY
FY 2004 capacity used: ~2.2 million CY
projected years of capacity at FY2004 rate: 6 years
FY 2004 trash received: ~4.5 million CY*

*Trash received is larger than capacity used due to compaction of trash before being buried and other factors.

Note that Carleton Farms took in as much Canadian Trash (~4.4 million CY) as Woodland Meadows took in Michigan Trash (~4.4 million CY). So in terms of overall resources available to Wayne County (and Washtenaw & Oakland), the expansion of Woodland Meadows is necessary for Michigan Trash because Carleton Farms is being used by Canada.

Brad

On Aug 27, 2005, at 10:24 AM, HAMILTREEF@aol.com wrote:

Editorials: Our Opinion
Wetlands exchange makes sense for both landfill and Michigan
State gains lakefront property for approving expansion
 
Deals like the one the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is being offered for 445 acres of waterfront property along Lake St. Clair don't come around often. The state agency should jump at the opportunity.
 
http://www.detnews.com/2005/editorial/0508/27/D07-294627.htm
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