Cache County Council selects Clarkston landfill site amid controversy

A potential site near Clarkston has been selected for a new landfill to serve Cache County residents now that the Logan Landfill is nearing capacity. A lot of local residents, however, hope that site will never be used. Many Clarkston and Newton residents oppose having the landfill in their backyard and on Tuesday, August 9 Weston, Idaho Mayor Camille Larsen expressed opposition. She said the proposed landfill is within thee miles uphill from her city’s main water source at Weston City Springs. Weston City Attorney Steven Fuller drafted a letter saying he has seen no information about the project and is concerned about its impact on Weston and its culinary water system. A Logan Landfill Crew Chief said the Environment Protection Agency’s restrictions on a new landfill would prevent any seepage into the Weston aquifer. Although the Cache County Planning Commission voted four to two to recommend the site near Clarkston, Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon says he hasn’t given up on the idea of taking local garbage to Box Elder County. Talks broke down three years ago but he agrees with those who still hope something can be worked out. “We are not going to try to go back and relive any of that,” Lemon says. “We’re just trying to really look at whether or not there’s a possibilty of us going and working with Box Elder County rather than opening up that site.” Lemon says the Logan City and Cache County councils have a joint meeting scheduled for August 30 and they plan to suggest that the Box Elder County Commission also attend. Lemon says that commission voted two to one against taking Cache County’s garbage earlier but, “there are all new people on the commission now and maybe they will be willing to talk.”

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