New Monitoring Well Must be Drilled at Pocahontas Landfill

At the Pocahontas County Solid Waste Authority’s September 27th meeting, Chairman Ed Riley said that their new permit is requiring that the must drill a new monitoring well on a site at the landfill which will be determined and approved by the WV Department of Environmental Protection (WV DEP.) He said there are currently 2 water quality monitoring wells there, but three are now being required. Riley said this well must be drilled within 6 months.

During the discussion of their financial statement for the month of August, Mary Clendenen. The Authority’s Office Administrator, said that there is $472,155.00 in unrestricted funds in their accounts. Clendenen said that with 17% of the budget year past, they are basically on schedule budget-wise. She said deposits into their business account are a little higher because Green Box payments are normally received this time of year, the tipping fees are slightly up, and interest rates are also a little higher. She said expenses are also on track budget-wise, although the high workers Compensation payments reflected in the report are because those payments are only paid quarterly, and won’t need to be paid again for another three months.

The report also reflected that tire recycling caused a loss of $13,090.00 so far this fiscal year, while they made $620.00 on recycling white goods (appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers.)

The members passed a motion to allow Clendenen to pay their Allegheny Disposal bill which is for transporting their white goods to recycling centers, prior to authority approval in order to avoid possible late fees.

They also passed a motion to pay Alfred Dilley to truck in topsoil to the landfill. Chris McComb said Dilley provides the topsoil for free, only charging the transport cost. McComb said they stockpile the topsoil, and use it as a cover as needed which will grow grass over the cells in the landfill.

The Authority also passed a motion to bring in an engineer from Potesta to determine where and the best way to grade the slope of the landfill up to the road. The use of the engineer is required because there is very little space there to work in.

Riley said he visited the landfill and was pleased to see the results from the clearing of brush and small trees there. They actually located a stormwater pond, and a manhole which had been covered up by brush, and which they did not know were there. Riley also said the working face is the best that he has ever seen it -compact and with no water draining from it.

Riley also said they are required by their new permit to design and submit a landfill tire fire emergency response plan. However, they decided to submit an emergency plan which covers more than just tire fires.  Their emergency plan includes evacuating the public; locating a safe area for the responding fire departments to stage emergency equipment; and procedures to handle cell fires. The members voted to submit this plan to the WV DEP.

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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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