DEQ offers partnership to clean old landfill

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Newcastle’s landfill No. 1, located below the orange water tank South of town, has been identified by the state as one of the top 10 high-priority landfills in the state in need of remediation. No. 1 was the city’s original landfill before it eventually closed in the late 1980s.

According to both city engineer Mike Moore and Craig McOmie, program manager for the landfill cease and transfer and remediation program for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, environmental issues at the landfill, including leaching, have been identified. A landfill’s proximity to houses and domestic water wells, as well as other factors, are evaluated according to a point system used to rank the landfills.

McOmie attended the Dec. 18 City Council meeting to discuss options and plans to resolve the landfill’s environmental issues.

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