Police Jury OKs plan to cap landfill cell
Ten acres of the Acadia Parish Sanitary Landfill will be closed and capped.
Police jurors Tuesday night approved the nearly $1.5 million project on the recommendation of Brett Bayard of Mader Engineering, the parish landfill engineer.
“The Louisiana Solid Waste Rules and Regulations require that all areas within the landfill that received waste also get a final cover prior to landfill closure,” Bayard explained to jurors. “The regulations also dictate the minimum design standard of the final cover.”
To protect the state against a landfill operator abandoning a facility without final cover, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality requires all permit holders to maintain a maximum area that would remain uncovered — 25 acres in the case of the Acadia facility — and provide “financial assurance” enough to provide for that final cover.
“In 2016 we began to report to the LDEQ that the maximum area was exceeded,” Bayard said. “We requested that the jury budget funds to perform this work and have worked with LDEQ for time extensions.
“Since that time, the area without final cover has increased from 26.9 acres to 33.1 acres. We are now 8.1 acres over and, as more waste is deposited, that area will increase.”
Bayard said a 10-acre area of the landfill has been identified that is ready for final cover.
“The project will involve removing and reshaping the hill to meet permitted contours, liner construction and a 6-inch minimum layer of top soil,” the engineer said, adding that the soil covering will likely be closer to 2 feet since 6 inches “won’t provide much protection if it is driven across.”
Also included in the cost estimate is engineering, surveying, inspection and a 15 percent contingency.
“An alternative to constructing the final cover at this time would be to modify the solid waste permit to allow for 35 acres of uncovered waste,” Bayard said. “This would allow you (police jury) to postpone this project for about a year, but your financial assurance responsibility also would increase by a similar amount.”
Bayard estimated that, at its current rate, the Acadia Parish Sanitary Landfill will be accepting household waste for another 40 to 45 years.
In other action Tuesday night, the police jury:
• removed from the agenda possible changes to the parish animal control ordinance;
• called an election in the Iota-Long Point Gravity Drainage District to renew a 5-mill property tax;
• rescinded the resolution adding Deer Park Road bridge to the Federal Off-System bridge replacement list and approved a resolution adding Nation Road to the list as a replacement;
• approved a resolution accepting the final inspection of the Runway 4 upgrade and installation of LED lighting at LeGros Memorial Airport;
• approved a number of items, from laser printers, to tractors, as surplus to be auctioned;
• adopted new policies for purchasing, contracting and the administration of Community Development Block Grants and federal grants on the recommendation of the parish auditor; and
• adopted a resolution to participate in the Louisiana Watershed Initiative and submitted a letter of interest to participate in the program.