Hank vs. IDEM...Hank wins!

    Adams County Solid Waste District Manager Hank Mayer reported to the district's board of trustees on Monday that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has backed off an earlier requirement that a passive gas study be performed at the county's long-closed south landfill.
    After IDEM earlier this year had required the county to implement the additional test vents to monitor methane gas at the landfill, Mayer called the state agency to protest.
    "I told them they were making us spend a lot of money for absolutely nothing, and that they should take another look" at the mandate, Mayer told the board.
    The director reported that IDEM officials responded by saying that if the passive gas vents were installed as requested, the district could halt its ongoing methane monitoring at the landfill. If the new vents are not installed, Mayer said, IDEM will require methane testing for five more years.
    Mayer told the board it would be more cost-effective for the district to continue its current system of monitoring methane, saving some $15,000-$20,000 in the process.
    "I have canceled that project. Unless this board says differently, we're not going to do it," said Mayer.
    The solid waste director also reported that an Electronics Amnesty Day will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. Van Eichelberger will be on hand to accept used and/or broken electronic devices free of charge on that day. Additional details will be announced at a later date, said Mayer.
    Attorney Tim Baker, who serves as legal counsel for the solid waste district, also reported on a pair of amendments proposed by Waste Management Inc. to the county's contract for waste disposal at the Jay County landfill.
    Baker said Waste Management officials have asked the county to agree to share any future costs incurred by the landfill as the result of new state or federal mandates, and also asked the county to reduce its contractually-agreed upon landfill space of 18,000 tons per year.
    Baker recommended that the board reject both requests from Waste Management, which it did.