Landfill Expansion Awaits Only 30-Day Comment Period


Jay Barrett/KMXT

There is now less than a month before expansion of the Kodiak landfill can commence. The State Department of Environmental Conservation on Friday issued a Finding of No Significant Impact for the project.

The issuing of the "FONSI," as it’s called, begins a 30-day open public review, according to Woody Koning, the director of engineering and facilities for the Kodiak Island Borough.

(FONSI 1 37 sec "Since there is federal … of environmental concern.")

Koning says the FONSI covers a variety of issues:

(FONSI 2 35 sec "It’s sorta before you … what the FONSI is all about.")

The Finding of No Significant Impact means that as long as no other issues are brought to the attention of the DEC, work can begin on phase one of the project, but not before then:

(FONSI 3 23 sec "We can’t put a shovel … a shovel in the ground.")

The expansion will cover about 10 acres adjacent to the land fill, which is rapidly filling up, on Monashka Bay Road. It will be higher-tech than the current landfill, and utilize lined cells to store the bales of garbage. Phase one includes clearing the land and doing the earthwork necessary to prepare the site. Phase two will be done next summer. It will involve putting in liners and drainage for the cells that will hold the garbage. Koning expects the expanded landfill to be ready to accept garbage in 2013.


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