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APPJ eyes landfill permit modification

Raising height would raise life expectancy of site

If we can “go back” to the original permit, the Acadia Parish Sanitary Landfill will gain about 24 years of life expectancy.
The parish also will save about $300,000 immediately in “final capping” costs.
That’s the gist of a presentation Tuesday night by Brett Bayard of Mader Engineering, the parish’s landfill engineers.
Bayard’s presentation came at the end of the monthly meeting of the Acadia Parish Police Jury.
“You’re currently permitted for a height of 86 feet above natural land, or 104 feet above sea level,” Bayard said. “Originally, back in 1985 when the landfill was first opened, you were permitted for a height of 152 feet above natural land, or 170 feet above sea level.”
Bayard explained that, in 2003, the police jury voted to reduce the permitted height of the landfill, “probably for aesthetic reasons.” That reduced the life expectancy of the facility by about 24 years, he said.
“Basically, with the current permit, you’re about halfway through the life of the landfill,” he said. “It’s been open for 35 years and you have about 40 years left — until about 2060.
“If we can go back to the original permit, I think you’ll get another 24 years out of the facility — until 2084.”
Bayard went on to say that the landfill is already above it’s permitted height and, in addition, has a little more than 32 acres of open waste. The permit allows only 25 acres of open waste.
“We’ve been working with DEQ (state Department of Environmental Quality) on this and they’ve granted us a reprieve,” he said.
If the “major permit modification” is not granted, some of the waste at the top of the landfill will have to be removed before the final capping, Bayard said.
Also, because of the height restriction, about 10 acres of waste will have to be permanently covered.
“Once you apply the final cap, you don’t put waste on top of it, effectively closing that area of the landfill,” Bayard said.
However, if the additional height is permitted, only about 8 acres (7.8 according to the engineer’s estimation) will have to be covered to bring the landfill back into compliance with its 25-acre limit.
“That would save us about $300,000 this year,” Police Jury President Chance Henry pointed out.
Bayard was instructed to proceed with the permit modification process and to delay the final capping project pending the outcome of that process.

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