A mere 1000 feet away from the Great Salt Lake there is a proposed landfill owned by Promontory Point Resources LLC. On February 5th, Friends of Great Salt Lake, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, HEAL, Utah Sierra Club, and the League of Women Voters will be holding a public meeting at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Gore Auditorium of Westminster College. The event will have presentations from local residents as well as speakers from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality who will be explaining the history of the landfill and where we are now. There will also be a Q & A with the department following the presentation. Another public hearing will be held in Elizabeth Hall Auditorium at Weber State University’s campus from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on February 6th.
According to an article published by the Salt Lake Tribune on August 20th 2017 titled “Landfill near the Great Salt Lake could become one of the largest industrial waste repositories” the landfill will have the capacity to hold 385 million tons of waste and will be less than 1,000 feet away from the Great Salt Lake’s shores. This landfill will be a huge hazard to anyone living near the Great Salt Lake as well as an eye sore. A local petition in Promontory has been signed by over 200 individuals and presented to Box Elder County representatives.
Over the recent months, there has been discussion of changing the classification of the landfill from a class I where the landfill can only accept waste within the state to a class V which will open the door for the landfill to accept waste from out of state. If the landfill is to be upgraded to a class V, Promontory Point will be able to accept coal ash shipped in by train, which is too hazardous to be stored in California. This coal ash can then contribute to our area’s poor air quality making it worse.