A landfill facility on the tip of Promontory Point, and only a few hundred yards from the Great Salt Lake, has indicated it will again apply for a Class V permit that will allow it to receive waste from other states.
On Oct. 30, however, PPR sent a letter to neighboring property owners proclaiming it will try again.
“You are being provided, as specified by law, with this notice that Promontory Point Resources intends to submit an application for a Class V permit,” the unsigned letter says.
David Owen, a spokesperson for PPR, confirmed the landfill operators are seeking Class V status. He said officials with Allos Environmental, PPR’s parent company, declined to provide further comment and he would not say whether they would again seek to import coal ash as part of the operation.
“They have already answered that question several times and I suggest you read the permit application,” Owen said in a text message, claiming PPR had submitted a new Class V application to DEQ.
A DEQ spokesperson, however, said the department has not received any application and declined to comment further.
The landfill currently has a Class I permit, which allows it to take a variety of waste through a contract with a local government like a city or county. PPR has failed to secure any contracts, however, and its landfill cell and buildings have sat vacant since their construction in 2017.
PPR’s previous Class V plans included shipping in waste from throughout the nation via the railroad causeway traversing the Great Salt Lake. Its original application documents noted a variety of waste opportunities, including contaminated soil from California and coal combustion material (another term for coal ash) from as far away as Iowa.
Technically, a Class V permit would allow PPR to handle the same kind of waste it is authorized to take now under its Class I status. The company has frequently repeated the fact that the permit only allows “nonhazardous” waste, although “hazardous” is more of a bureaucratic term than a scientific one.
Lynn de Freitas with FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake said any kind of waste at the Promontory Point landfill could pose a threat to the nearby lake.
“Whether it’s a Class I or a Class V, the concerns remain about the proximity of that kind of land use,” she said.
“It’s inconsistent [with] public safety or looking out for economic and ecological resources — the contributions the lake is recognized for,” de Freitas said of the landfill operation. “We still think it’s a bad idea, simply said.”
Once it submits its Class V permit application to DEQ, PPR will still have a few hurdles to clear. Class V landfills require approval from the Utah Legislature, the governor, the DEQ’s solid waste director and the local government where they are located.
PPR is unlikely to run into much trouble with local government — Box Elder County has signed off on their plans without much fuss, including the landfill’s previous Class V application.
Gov. Gary Herbert never publicly weighed in on the landfill’s Class V ambitions and it also is unclear whether the incoming governor, Spencer Cox, would approve a permit.