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BOX ELDER RESIDENTS QUESTION EFFECTS OF PROPOSED LANDFILL

A delegation of Box Elder residents has approached the Box Elder County Commission with questions about proposed construction of the county landfill in White's Valley, west of Tremonton.

Possible pollution of underground water reserves in the Bothwell pocket was a major concern. Residents are worried that although there is no proof water reserves in the Bothwell Pocket actually flow out of White's Valley, flash floods and minor earthquakes in White's Valley could threaten water quality.Commission chairman James White explained the county has no intention of harming water resources, adding that strict federal and state requirements must be followed to prevent possible pollution of water resources.

Testing is currently under way at the White's Valley site to determine whether it is permissible as a landfill site under such stringent regulations.

Three test wells have reached bedrock at depths of 175 feet, 95 feet and 60 feet, with only minute traces of water. Several holes have been dug to obtain soil samples.

Although test results will not be available for 30 to 60 days, initial reports indicate 50 feet of straight clay under one foot of topsoil. The nearly impermeable clay is the same type that other landfills have to haul in to meet requirements, White said. The mandated clay, heavy duty plastic liners and other water barriers virtually eliminate the possibility of contaminating ground water.

Commissioners pointed out that their decision to conduct tests in White's Valley came as a result of the county's Solid Waste Advisory Committee's 21/2-year study. Action will depend on the results of that testing.

If White's Valley proves infeasible, other options - including transporting trash to Carbon County - would have to be con-sidered.

Although Weber County has offered to accommodate Box Elder County's solid waste until 1996, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee advised against that move because of potential liability. Commissioners noted they are still interested in having Weber County participate in a Box Elder County-owned regional landfill.

The contingent of residents included representatives of Bothwell, Thatcher, Evans and West Corinne water districts.