Emo eyeing major landfill site

Emo has a major landfill site in the works. While it’s all still in the planning stages, the Biomass Waste Recovery Committee wants environmental and engineering assessments started soon.
“It’ll probably be another couple of years to see if it’s feasible,” Emo Coun. Gary Judson said. “I think this could be a whole new beginning for this area.”
And supporters are quick to dispel myths about the proposed super-size dump.
“The last thing we want to have is a garbage dump. The great Canadian dump should be a thing of the past,” consultant Roger Dolyny said.
What Emo wants is a landfill site fashioned on one near Detroit, Mich., where Carleton Farms Landfill collects waste and uses the methane gas produced from the waste to provide electricity for residential homes.
There is a thick plastic liner system in place that protects the groundwater from contamination, and rain water is pumped away from the site.
Emo would be much better served environmentally and financially by a landfill site, said Coun. Judson.
“Right now we have an open dump with methane going in the air and it can seep into the groundwater,” he noted. “We’ve got to start cleaning up our act.”
Emo has what it physically needs now for a landfill site similar to the one in Detroit. You can build a landfill like Carleton Farms anywhere in the world, said Dolyny, but Emo is geophysically suited because of the abundance of clay which is necessary for the landfill.
Also, the railway is available for transporting garbage.
Other communities around the world have been successfully capturing waste gases from landfills and getting revenues from the gas sales.
Phase one of the project has been completed—there has been a preliminary engineering topographical site survey, a location has been discussed, public meetings have been held, and there has been a committee trip to Michigan to view operating landfill sites.
Emo now will have to apply for a complete engineering operational analysis which will involve a site evaluation, test drilling, geophysical site projections, a full-scale environmental impact assessment, site-sizing projections, cost summaries on construction, and operational facets.
While under construction, proponents expect the project would employ 100 people. And if it proves feasible, they predict an on-site operating staff of 20-35 people.
Many nearby municipalities currently spend more money than necessary to transport their garbage, said organizers.
Kenora currently is transporting its garbage to the Brady landfill site in Winnipeg while the International Falls area is hauling its garbage to North Dakota.