Grand County’s Waste Transfer Station – is an EIS Needed?
To the Editor:This letter was sent by the Concerned Citizens Committee of Hot Sulphur Springs to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. I live in Grand County. On Dec. 31, we (citizens of Grand County) were informed that the Board of County Commissioners had purchased land just outside of the town of Hot Sulphur Springs for a waste transfer station. The site is located just beyond the town limits and is within 0.25 mile, uphill of the Colorado River, which is also our drinking water supply. Ive been doing some Internet research and have come across information indicating that some states require an Environmental Impact Statement from the county for such a project. Does the State of Colorado require any type of EIS or other assessment report from local governments for waste transfer station projects? This location and project was a complete surprise to many of the residents of the town and county, since the county never held any public meetings on the topic. We have many concerns with the project in relation to water (ground & drinking) quality, air pollution (odors and from increased vehicle traffic), traffic congestion, noise pollution, visual impact to the town, storage of household hazard waste at the site, litter and other vectors and potential impacts on the Colorado River (aquatic life and water quality). Any information you can provide would be very much appreciated. If you are not the right department or if another department may also be of assistance please let me know.Michelle CowardinHot Sulphur Springs
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