Presentation on theme: "Who is Waste Management? The largest waste management company in North America History WMIF acquired the Pine Ridge Recycling and Disposal Facility (PRRDF)"— Presentation transcript:
Who is Waste Management? The largest waste management company in North America History WMIF acquired the Pine Ridge Recycling and Disposal Facility (PRRDF) in 1996 amid complaints by landfill neighbors At the time: -Pug Mill (frequent truck traffic) -Transport trailers from Kaley -Trucking Company -Smells / Odor
Who is Waste Management? History By 1999, the Class III landfill ceased to operate and in 2000 the final cover was installed Subsequently, Pug Mill shut down Passive flares and a gas collection trench were installed to mitigate odor
Existing Operation at PRRDF Permitted Operation Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM Saturday 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM Only C&D waste is accepted at PRRDF; designed to avoid odor issues encountered due to Class III waste placed by previous owners C&D landfill typically operated with 5-6 employees on site - Utilizing requisite heavy equipment - Small office trailer - Truck scale and scalehouse
C&D – Discarded materials generally considered to be not water soluble and non-hazardous: steel, glass, brick, concrete, lumber, wallboard, asphalt, etc.. From structural construction, demolition, or renovation. 1994 – EPA delegated solid waste regulation, in Florida, to FDEP. FDEP rules regulated C&Ds, Developed by TAGs of experts. 1997 – FDEP significantly increased regulations for C&Ds requiring groundwater monitoring, financial assurance, and FDEP-certified training for spotters and operators. 2001 – FDEP updated Chapter 62-701, FAC again without requiring bottom liners for C&Ds. 2005 – Applied to County EPD for landfill expansion in accordance with County Code (among most stringent in State.) 2006 – EPD advised that their review was satisfied and project should proceed to DRC, then BZA. 2008 – FDEP expected to promulgate updated rules this year, and current draft contains no requirements for bottom liners after 10 years of collecting groundwater quality data from C&Ds. Regulation Summary
Several years of rapid growth By January 2007, County approved within Horizon West ○ 10,500 residential units ○ 573,000 SF of commercial space Horizon West future plans ○ 38,000 AC of compact urban development ○ 6-7 mixed use villages and town center ○ Each village will have 2-4 neighborhoods around community center, schools, parks, townhouses, apartments, stores, retail offices. ○ Minimum density of 5 dwellings per net acre ○ Millions of tons of C&D disposal required Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Need
Reviewed by EPD and DRC; each has recommended approval Seven Criteria 1. Location of Real Property; 2. Distance of the proposed solid waste management facility from improvements on adjoining real property; 3. Effect of proposed waiver on adjoining property; 4. Current physical conditions on the real property whereon the solid waste management facility is proposed to be located; 5. Whether the waiver would be contrary to the public health, safety and welfare and/or adopted plans, policies, or ordinances of the County; 6. Any special conditions applicable to the real property whereon the solid waste management facility is proposed to be located; and 7. Whether the waiver would nullify the intent and the purpose of this article. Waiver Review Criteria
Similar characteristics to permitted A-1 Zone uses such as: ○ Borrow pits ○ Dairy farms ○ Fertilizer manufacturing ○ Planned development construction Landfills limited to A-1 or A-2 zoning ○ More environmentally responsible to expand existing landfills than to take greenfields. Special Exception Criteria 1 – Similar in noise, vibration, dust, odor, glare and heat producing characteristics
Dust Mitigation Dust Control Measures at PRRDF Surrounding Area Conditions Watering dirt roads Cover over areas without vegetation Perimeter trees Grass on final slopes Paved entrance road parallel to Rex Road Orange grove RIBs Rural residential Served by dirt roads
No significant glare or heat due to operations Heavy equipment noise and vibration are not intrusive. Passive flares Flame is barely visible Noise, Vibration, Glare, and Heat Causes During Operating HoursNon-operating Hours Security cameras Weather stations Passive flares Not audible 15’ away Not visible to property owners Emit slight glow
Noise Tests Dosimeter used to measure noise at 10 locations Main causes of sounds caused by ambient sources: Pets Road Traffic Air Traffic NOT Landfill Operations Average decibel reading at entrance of 57.7 Measurements along Phil C. Peters Road: 53.9 56.0 55.1 PRRDF does not significantly increase noise levels
Vibration Tests Seismometer used to measure vibration Test conducted between active landfill and edge of property. Conclusions: No danger of structural damage from vibrations at this site.
Odor Tests Hydrogen Sulfide 10 locations tested 5 ppb was peak 8-10 ppb is average human detection threshold Proposed County standard is 30 ppb
2-Meeting Performance Standards Must meet standards of Chapter 32 All EPD RAIs have been satisfied, and EPD has recommended approval FDEP permits issued DRC recommended approval BZA recommended approval WMIF has maintained compliance with State and County regulations at PRRDF
3-Landscape Buffer Proposed landscaping buffer meets or exceeds County requirements Includes shade trees planted around perimeter at least every 40’ (maximum). Proposed landscaping satisfied DRC Required by EPD to block view from neighbors
4 – Similar and Compatible with Surrounding Area Orange Groves Rapid Infiltration Basins (RIBS) Rural Residential Current and proposed landfill is compatible with rural area Property used for heavy equipment and earth moving operations since 1930s. Permitted as landfill since 1981.
5 - Consistent with Existing Development and County’s Comprehensive Policy Plan Existing Development Future Development Surrounding rural residences Unlikely for future lot subdivisions or major increases in population density Nearest planned development is Horizon West ½ mile away PRRDF will not be visible within Horizon West or Avalon Road CPP includes a solid waste element CPP identifies PRRDF as providing C&D landfill capacity through 2015
6 - Detrimental Intrusion The use is existing and will not intrude into existing residential areas Scientific data support that the landfill does not threaten public health, or safety. FDEP has issued permits for expansion. EPD, DRC and BZA recommended approval
7- Request Shall Not Adversely Affect Public Interest DRC and BZA recommended approval of elevation increase based on demonstrated need and compatibility with surroundings 26+ years of landfilling at PRRDF 70+ years of heavy equipment Property values not adversely affected Expansion will be visually buffered to prevent negative impact on values
Public Interest (cont’d) Concerns regarding truck traffic WMIF and EPD specifically prohibit PRRDF traffic from using residential neighborhood roads In 2001 WMIF removed a pug mill operation, thereby substantially reducing traffic FDOT monitors restricted routes and WMIF has offered funds to AHPOA to secure additional traffic enforcement No PRRDF traffic involved in any accident in the area since 2004 Improvements to SR 429 and Avalon Road
Public Interest - Groundwater Landfill bottom designed 5-feet higher than 100- year high groundwater elevation, overlying natural, low-permeability clay. C&D has been active for about 10 years and all wells monitoring C&D landfill continue to be in detection monitoring (no enforcement issues). Pine Ridge wells are monitored routinely, and reports are reviewed by FDEP and EPD. Five more wells will be installed to monitor downgradient of the C&D Landfill. Recent DOH well sampling of neighboring potable wells indicates no cause for concern and no impact to drinking water from the landfill.
Public Interest–Proactive Steps WMIF always has 24-hour contact number on signage. WMIF offered to provide HOA with $1,000 per month for additional traffic enforcement Soil cover to promote runoff and reduce the potential for odors. Conservative design (high landfill bottom). WMIF purchased a meter to measure H 2 S. WMIF attended County meetings and responded with suggestions for landfills.
Map of Orange County Class III and C&D Landfills