Landfill tries to dump some problems |

Landfill tries to dump some problems

Living near the Nevada County dump may never be trouble-free, but its neighbors heard progress Thursday on some long-standing problems.

At a meeting of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission, the neighbors learned county officials are dealing with noise, litter, traffic and pollution issues.

The dump is officially known as the McCourtney Road Transfer Station and is located about five miles outside of Grass Valley.

“The place needs a lot of cleaning up,” said commission member and Supervisor Hank Weston. “It’s not a nice place, but we should give extra effort to get the thing cleaned up.”

Commissioners said a tear in a cover over an old, filled part of the landfill will be fixed before the rainy season. The repair would prevent groundwater pollution, which has occurred in the past and prompted some neighbors to drink bottled water.

Area resident and former county Supervisor Rene Antonson wanted to make sure Hansen Bros., of Grass Valley, were certified to handle the repairs. But commission members could not confirm that.

Hansen Bros. Construction Manager Larry Peterson told The Union after the meeting the firm is certified and can legally handle hazardous waste.

Noise levels recently came down after locks were changed at the landfill, according to Nick Zaninovich, the county’s sanitation department director.

That stopped dumpers with keys from getting into the station prior to its 8 a.m. daily start, Zaninovich said. That pleased the neighbors in the audience, who said loud operations often started by 5:30 a.m. three to four days a week before the lock change.

Litter is picked up along the dump’s fence line every day, according to Steve Porter, the county’s solid waste manager. But the facility was not put in the right place to combat winds, and when they’re high, workers can’t track down all the trash.

A new ordinance that demands all dump loads be covered after Dec. 31 will stop a lot of the current litter problem along McCourtney Road, commissioners said.

They also sent letters to the sheriff’s office and the California Highway Patrol asking for more load cover and speeding enforcement along McCourtney Road.

Commissioners also agreed to do a better job communicating with the neighbors about upcoming meetings and dump decisions.

That will be done with postcards to 1,500 residences in a two-mile radius of the dump, a hotline for complaints and information, and periodic neighborhood meetings, they added.


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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