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Wisconsin has a workgroup to development standards for the move to the next
generation of landfills, looking to manage the degradable organics within a
"Reasonable timeframe" (30 to 40 years) so that "maintenance and active
management are no longer needed to protect human health and the
environment." I am a member of that workgroup, as is a representative of
GRRN, and we had our first meeting of the 2nd phase of that group in late

John Reindl, Recycling Manager
Dane County, WI

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Anderson [mailto:anderson@no.address]
> Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2004 6:21 PM
> To: GreenYes
> For a comprehensive report on financial assurance at MSW
> landfills, I am
> looking for statements made in any contexts by state regulators that
> recognize the fatal flaws in our current "dry tomb" design
> standards due to
> the fact that the liners will eventually fail, thereby only
> postponing,
> rather than preventing, pollution.
> As an example, Washington state said in its Beyond Waste
> background
> documents:
> The extent to which today's landfills adequately protect
> human health and
> the environment is a subject of debate, however. Requirements
> that govern
> siting, operation, closure, and post-closure are stringent
> and extensive.
> While the newest landfills are state-of-the-art facilities,
> they are far
> from benign in their impacts. Landfills may still affect the
> air, land, and
> water but to a significantly lesser degree than before
> today's standards
> went into effect. As waste decomposes in landfills, methane and other
> hazardous gases are generated. Methane is a greenhouse gas
> concern because
> its impact is twenty-three times that of carbon dioxide
> (EIA). Leachate from
> decomposing matter in landfills can contain hazardous constituents. If
> landfill liners and/or leachate collections systems fail,
> then groundwater
> and surface-water pollution can occur. No liners are
> engineered to be 100
> percent impenetrable or to last forever without some sort of
> failure. In
> fact, US EPA officials have stated that problems can occur
> more than thirty
> years after closure of a landfill, pointing out that "even
> the best liner
> and leachate collection system will ultimately fail due to natural
> deterioration" (EPA, p. 32).
> _________________________
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> Madison, WI 53705-4964
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