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PAYSON HOPES TO KEEP ITS LANDFILL GOING

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Officials from one of the south county's lone holdouts against the BayView Landfill say they hope to meet current Environmental Protection Agency regulations and stay in the landfill business.

Payson still owns and operates its own landfill, located west of the city on Utah Avenue, unlike most of its neighboring cities, which bought into the BayView Landfill and participate in the Southern Utah County Solid Waste District. However, according to city officials, it's been a struggle for them to keep up with EPA stipulations and still keep the landfill at least running in the black."(EPA regulations) have required the city to adopt new requirements for the way it handles loads at the landfill," said city engineer Brant Tuttle. "But every time the city has met those challenges."

Now, the EPA is requiring the city to monitor the effects the landfill may have on the city's water table and also monitor for hazardous gases emanating from the landfill, according to Tuttle.

"They've authorized to begin studies on both of those requirements," Tuttle said. "When we get those results back, we'll know what kind of improvements we have to

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make, if any."

Those studies will include test-drilling to monitor runoff water and groundwater quality, including tests for possible contaminants in the water that could reach the Highline Canal, and monitoring nearby wells for those contaminants as well.

"They just want to make sure that what goes into the landfill remains detained in the landfill," Tuttle said.

Additionally, EPA restrictions against hazardous gases will require the city to test for possible methane gas leaks.

The runoff water testing must be completed by October, and the other monitoring is due for completion by January.

City officials say the requirements and testing don't mean that the city landfill won't pass muster.

"It doesn't really mean anything except that we're testing to make sure we're in good standing," city manager Keith Morey said. "We're performing the studies to stay within EPA regulations."

According to Morey, the city has met everything EPA officials have thrown at them and been able to meet them easily.

"We're still in good shape," Morey said. "As long as we can keep the landfill as a good revenue source or even keep it to where it's breaking even or not paying through the nose, we'll stay in the landfill business."