Oregon DEQ seeks comments on transfer station permit renewal

United Disposal Services applies for a new permit to operate its transfer station in Woodburn, Oregon.

February 16, 2017
Waste Today Staff
Legislation and regulations Municipal Solid Waste Transfer Stations

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is seeking comments from the public before issuing a solid waste permit renewal to United Disposal Services, a division of Republic Services, to operate its transfer facility in Woodburn, Oregon.

If a permit is approved, the company would continue to operate and maintain a solid waste transfer station in Woodburn. According to the Oregon DEQ, the permit regulates the collection and transfer of municipal solid waste to a permitted disposal site. The recycling portion of the site is open to the public while the garbage disposal area of the site is not open to the public. All waste is transferred off site for final disposal or recycling.

The permit also allows for the collection and transfer of approved materials to markets for recycling, energy recovery and composting or reuse.

The permit prohibits the acceptance of certain materials for disposal in a landfill. Some examples of this are used tires, certain electronic devices, lead acid batteries and used oil. (These materials may be accepted for recycling). The permit also prohibits the acceptance of hazardous waste and materials that contain asbestos.

The permittee submitted an Operations Plan that was approved by DEQ during the last permit cycle.

The plan describes how the permittee will operate the facility and be in compliance with the conditions and limitations of the permit and in a manner that protects the environment and prevents nuisance conditions from developing. The permittee would be required to submit an updated Operations Plan for DEQ approval by June 31, 2017.

During this permit cycle, there have been no documented violations and no enforcement actions taken by DEQ. The most recent compliance inspection was in December 2016. The facility was in compliance with the permit at that time.

Interested parties are asked to send their comments to DEQ Permit Coordinator, Denise Miller, at 165 E. Seventh Ave., Suite. 100, Eugene, OR 97401 or miller.denise@deq.state.or.us.

More information on the permittee can be viewed by going to http://www.oregon.gov/deq/get-involved/documents/032417Woodburn.pdf.