While garbage hasn’t been buried at the Keremeos landfill since 2007, the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is still jumping through the regulatory hoops required to officially “close” the facility.
RDOS solid waste management co-ordinator Cameron Baughen says they are still in talks with the provincial government on how to permanently shut down the site north of Keremeos.
“A lot of the costs associated with closure are on the monitoring side, so how do we monitor the gases and the water coming off that facility from now until the next 30 years,” he said.
Baughen explained that monitoring requirements for the old dump could stretch beyond three decades, should the Ministry of Environment decide so.
A report to the RDOS board last week noted the most recent closure plan submitted by the RDOS was rejected by the province, pending additional studies. Those studies are currently underway and should be completed by Q2 2019. Its hoped construction related to closure and monitoring will be completed by 2020 if the ministry signs off on the new plan.
The current operations of the Keremeos transfer station, which handles residential waste before moving it to the Campbell Mountain Landfill, is not impacted by the landfill’s closure.
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