The Department of Environmental Quality writes a letter to the city about additional conditions
recent variance approval of laws for the Happy Jack landfill expansion.
The City of Cheyenne proposed the expansion as the current landfill is
nearing capacity, while current municipal solid waste is hauled to a
landfill near Ault, Colorado.
Landfills are no stranger to having several structural design regulations,
but groundwater contamination is unlikely for this expansion, according to
reports by the DEQ's Solid and Hazardous Waste Division.
Two conditions were added to DEQ's approval to address the issue of
residents being notified by the city of a potential water containment. The
first is a baseline monitoring of all wells within a half-mile of the
expansion before the actual landfill increase, and second, the city would
test private wells within a half-mile of the land fill within a 90 day
period of a detected contaminant.
The actual landfill expansion proposal will undergo a separate permitting
process. See the other eight conditions the DEQ proposed to the city in
their variance here