LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

September 9, 2014

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Cassie Archuleta

 

Stephen Gillette, Solid Waste Dept

Jeremy Deuto

 

Steve Harem, Solid Waste Dept

Michael Jones

 

Edward Enriquez, Solid Waste Dept

Kimberly Karish

 

Jessica Royer, Health and Environment

Evelyn King

 

 

Ryan McShane

 

Commissioner:

Joseph Wilson

 

Lew Gaiter

 

 

 

 

 

Staff :

 

 

Doug Ryan

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

Solid and Hazardous Waste Update.   Stephen Gillette and Steve Harem provided an update on the County’s solid & hazardous waste programs.  Mr. Gillette provided an overview and current statistics about the landfill, recycling center, household hazardous waste facility, and transfer stations.   Mr. Harem used a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate his talk related to landfill operations.  The updates touched on several key issues:

 

·  The landfill has a current estimated capacity of about 11 years.

·  Operations began in 1963 under the ownership of the City of Fort Collins.

·  Because it is an older landfill started before modern regulations went into effect, the landfill does not have a constructed liner. 

·  The volume of recyclables diverted from the landfill is up, but the price received for these on the commodity market is very depressed. 

·  Contamination of recyclables is a significant issue, particularly as the recycling market becomes very strict about the maximum percentage of contaminants allowed in a load.

·  The Solid Waste Department is engaged in educational efforts with haulers and citizens about recycling efforts. 

·  The statewide consumer electronics landfill ban is in effect.  Electronics are accepted at the recycling center for a fee.

·  The Household Hazardous Waste facility continues in operation. 

·  Methane collection and flaring continues at the landfill.  Flaring reduces methane emissions, which are a more potent greenhouse gas than the carbon dioxide produced from the burning.

·  The Department is testing a new product called X-Hesion Pro DC as a dust control additive on the internal haul roads. 

·  Other issues, such as groundwater monitoring and methane migration monitoring are basically unchanged from last year. 

·  High volumes of debris from the September 2013 floods were deposited in the landfill.

·  The Department was involved in the grant process for the 1st phase of the Roberts Ranch Tire Pile cleanup. 

 

Zoonosis Update.  Jessica Royer provided an update on zoonosis (diseases that can be transmitted from animals to people) activity for 2014.  She used a PowerPoint presentation to outline the status of rabies, tularemia, plague, Hanta Virus, and West Nile Virus.

 

There have been seven positive tests for rabies in animals so far this year (6 bats, 1 skunk). This is significantly lower than the numbers in 2013.    A total of 11 people have gone through post-exposure rabies prophylaxis this year.   Ms. Royer noted that a variety of groups and agencies are involved as partners in testing and reacting to rabies cases.  She noted that the partnership with the Larimer County Humane Society is particularly important in this regard, and that the Department of Health and Environment could not be nearly as proactive in responding to potential animal cases that warrant rabies testing without their involvement.

 

There have been eight positive tularemia cases in rabbits so far in 2014.  This coincides with a large rabbit population.  The department has worked with the public, homeowners associations and city/county open space managers to educate people about tularemia and protective strategies to avoid transmission of the bacteria that causes the disease.  No human cases have been reported in the county in 2014 to date. 

 

There have been no diagnosed cases of plague or Hanta Virus in people or other animals in the county to date.    

 

The Department has updated information about zoonotic diseases on their website at http://larimer.org/health/cd/vector.asp.

 

ESAB Issue Index review.  The members reviewed their issue index.  The index is a tool for tracking issues that have been considered by the advisory board.  It lists the status of each issue as active, inactive or watch.  Updates were made to the ESAB member coordinators for the active issues. 

 

BCC Liaison Comments:

Commissioner Gaiter thanked the ESAB members for their hard work and thoughtful recommendations regarding the review of the Martin Marietta Materials draft asphalt plant air emissions permit.  The Commissioners considered those recommendations at their Administrative Matters meeting on September 2, and sent a letter to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with comments on the permit.  The Commissioners incorporated all of the ESAB comments, with minor changes to two items.  Doug Ryan provided a copy of the Commissioners letter to the members. 

 

Approval of August 26 Minutes:

Minutes from the August 26 meeting were approved as presented.

 

Updates:  

Doug Ryan noted that the Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to release the supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the NISP water project in December or January.  Commissioner Gaiter has asked the ESAB to review the EIS and provide comments back to the Commissioners’ office.  This topic will be scheduled for discussion at the ESAB’s October meeting so that members can re-familiarize themselves with the project and the environmental issues of concern ahead of public comment period for the EIS.  Doug Ryan will provide relevant background information ahead of the meeting. 

 

Doug Ryan provided an update on information he requested from the Northern Colorado AIDS Project (NCAP) needle exchange program.  The ESAB provided comments in May of 2012 about the issue of safe disposal of needles as part of the County Board of Health deliberations concerning sponsoring a needle exchange program.  NCAP reported that they have not received any reports of disposal issues in the community.  They are experiencing a 69.1% annual syringe return rate, as compared to the national average of 22%. 

 

October Meeting Agenda:

NISP Water Project background, Environmental Stewardship Recommendations, Energy by Design status update

 

November Meeting Agenda:

Ozone air quality and regulatory standards update.

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:45 PM