Granada Landfill Cited for Deficiencies on Solid Waste Regulations


Following an inspection at the Granada landfill this past August, the Town Board was informed on January 4, 201, of 17 deficiencies noted in a letter sent from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment to the Granada Town Council.   

Not all of the deficiencies are of a direct environmental nature, as several pertain to fees, access routes, record keeping and financial aspects of operating the landfill.  Others do pertain to waste management however, such as:  tracking volume of incoming waste, listing prohibited materials, inspection of all incoming loads, burning of solid waste, lack of employee training, lack of a daily cover and the end of an operating day, failure to compact disposed waste, failure to maintain stormwater run-off controls, record keeping of groundwater flow, failure to provide wind speed monitoring equipment and failure to conduct explosive gas monitoring. 

The Compliance Advisory letter from the state health department lists recommendations to correct each of the deficiencies noted and a timeline when the corrections should be in place.  The CDPHE suggested that representatives of the Granada Town Board contact their office by February 1 to schedule a meeting to develop a schedule for corrections.

By Russ Baldwin


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