Oklahoma’s developing some mountains that concern a state lawmaker.
They’re “trash mountains,” or landfills that are rising up in some areas of the state’s landscape.
Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, says he is concerned the state Department of Environmental Quality has allowed the height of some of these “trash mountains” to increase to the point some have become the key terrain feature on the horizon.
He says DEQ cannot take adverse action against landfills in response to complaints regarding odor emitted by large “trash mountain” sites.
Duncan says he will introduce legislation during the 2009 session to regulate large landfills and the contents they are permitted to bury.
Landfills that are authorized to bury solid waste and other questionable materials can be just as objectionable as large corporate livestock farms in the stae, he says. The obvious difference, Duncan says, is that the landfills haul the “smell” to the site.
What do you think?
I know that in Enid the city’s rising landfill on the south side has caused some residents to joke that when it’s completed the city could haul in some artificial snow and market it as a training slope for skiers.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau