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BOX ELDER COMMISSION RECEIVES A 3RD LANDFILL PROPOSAL FROM FIRM

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Like a bad penny, something else always seems to turn up - garbage.

That, at least, seemed to be the feeling of the Box Elder County Commission recently as they listened to a third landfill proposal by Jim Jones, business development manager of Waste Management of Utah Inc., one of many coming from that company and others over the past few years.Box Elder County's progress toward a new landfill has been slow. Numerous sites have been considered and dropped.

Most notable is the White's Valley site west of Tremonton, which Box Elder County rejected in response to strong opposition, particularly from residents of the Bothwell Pocket who believed that the landfill would pollute their vast water supply.

At that point Davis County stepped in and proceeded to obtain a permit for a new landfill on the site. That, in turn, led to further outcry and an ad hoc committee appointed by the Legislature to find an alternate site.

A site west of Blue Creek was recently selected, and Davis County has asked the Box Elder County Planning Commission to recommend a conditional use permit as a first step to building a landfill there. That move, along with an October 1995 deadline for vacating existing landfills, nudged Waste Management into action.

In his latest presentation, Jones reminded commissioners that his company has twice presented the low bid for building a landfill. He said the proposal is to get a landfill up and running. All he needs is the county's go-ahead and a site.

"Give us the land and we'll get you there on time," Jones said.

According to Jones' proposal, Waste Management would only build the landfill and the county would own it, so it could be permitted as a municipal rather than a commercial landfill, which must meet stricter requirements.

To build its own, the county would have to have $3 million to $5 million up front.