MASWU, county commission consider special waste resolution change

By Chris Swick
October 12, 2015

The McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility is asking the McPherson County Commission to consider altering a part of the resolution that prevents special waste not generated in McPherson County from being disposed of in the county.

John Hawk with the utility told the commission Monday that the Board of Directors has already approved the amendment unanimously and would open up the McPherson County Landfill D to some out-of-county special waste.

“Common examples of that would be petroleum or brine contaminated soils,” Hawk said, “or large quantities of any waste generated at one time or over a period of time.”

Hawk said that acceptance of such waste would have to come from generators who operate and generate both in McPherson County and from operations in other counties. Special wastes from transportation accidents or other special circumstances in the area may also be accepted on a limited basis under the change in resolution with approval from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and MASWU.

“We, years ago, had a train derailment in our county that spilled a tremendous amount of corn,” Hawk said. “Well, corn is certainly not a hazardous waste, but, because it was a large quantity, it needed to be handled separately and have a special waste authorization from KDHE.”

The McPherson County Commission will vote on the issue at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26 during their regular meeting, giving time for concerned citizens to voice their questions and comments before the vote.