County announces changes to address landfill neighbors

March 18, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. March 18, 2011

King County is considering changes to how officials communicate to residents about the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill near Issaquah.

Officials started meeting with landfill neighbors in the mid-1980s to offer updates about landfill activities, and to allow citizens a chance to provide feedback and ideas for improving operations.

The county Solid Waste Division is hosting a community meeting in Issaquah from 7-9 p.m. April 6 at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

Participants can hear updates about proposed changes to community meetings, updates about operational activities — including construction and environmental management activities at the landfill — and the Bio Energy Washington landfill gas-to-energy plant at the site.

The community meetings offer a forum for residents and Solid Waste Division to discuss conditions and problems at the landfill. The meetings occur at least twice per year.

The landfill encompasses 920 acres in unincorporated King County between Issaquah and Maple Valley.

Crews completed major construction on the Bio Energy Washington landfill gas-to-energy facility in March 2009 and the plant began operating last year. The facility is the largest landfill gas-to-energy plant in the nation.

Operators faced another hurdle related to noise from the landfill gas-to-energy facility. Residents in neighborhoods near the landfill reported hissing and droning sounds emanating from the plant. The parties heard from landfill neighbors about the noise at a November meeting in Issaquah.

Leaders announced a deal in February to sell emissions credits from the plant to earn money for the county.

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