Saturday, March 1, 2014

Missouri, New Jersey Shipping Thousands of Tons of Waste to Idaho

Posted By on Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Remediation cleanups at contaminated sites have pushed the volume of hazardous waste generated in Idaho way up.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality published its annual Hazardous Waste Management in Idaho report Feb. 28, indicating that the overall generation of hazardous waste increased from 5,627 tons in 2012 to 10,767 tons in 2013 — a 104 percent increase. The report reveals that the majority of the waste came from petroleum and metal contamination from mine remediation. No wastewater amounts were reported in 2013.

But the report also indicates hundreds of thousands of tons of commercial waste being imported into Idaho. The only commercial hazardous waste landfill operating in the Gem State is the U.S. Ecology Idaho site, 70 miles southeast of Boise, near Grand View in Owyhee County.

During 2013, U.S. Ecology Idaho received 284,470 tons of waste. Most of the waste (97 percent) came from five states. And the top waste importer to Idaho has been Missouri, which shipped 90,589 tons of waste in 2013. Next in line was New Jersey (52,664 tons), California (45,583 tons) and Massachusetts (22,600 tons).

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