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ORCHARD RIDGE LANDFILL EASTERN EXPANSION, SOUTHERN UNIT (BOUNDARY ROAD SUPERFUND SITE PLAN) - MENOMONEE FALLS
Public Notice Issued 7/31/2022 - A Public Notice and Fact Sheet on the DNR and EPA’s Five-Year Review for the Boundary Road Landfill Superfund Site (a.k.a Lauer 1 Sanitary Landfill Superfund Site) in Menomonee Falls has been issued. The notice provides an opportunity for community members and other stakeholders affected by the Boundary Road Superfund Site to express an interest in forming a Community Advisory Group (CAG) for the Boundary Road Superfund Site as well as an opportunity to submit comments on Boundary Road to the DNR and EPA.
Comments on the formation of a CAG can be submitted to BJ LeRoy at [email protected]v. The DNR is asking those interested in forming a CAG to include “BRL CAG Interest” in the subject line. Comments must be submitted by August 30, 2022. For more information on CAGs see Superfund and Community Advisory Groups.
(WEAL will be expressing an interest in forming a CAG and will submit comments on the Five-Year Review for the Boundary Road Superfund site.)
Upcoming Public Notice - The WI DNR is expecting to issue a public notice in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on 7/31/2022 for the DNR’s and EPA’s Fifth Five-Year Review Report on the Boundary Road Landfill Superfund site (aka Lauer I Landfill Superfund site). The public notice will also offer an opportunity to form a Community Advisory Group (CAG) for the Boundary Road Superfund site that will be crucial for monitoring the site and keeping the public informed. The public notice will be posted on this website.
UPDATE: On 5/18/2022 the DNR sent comments to Waste Management on the February 2022 Property Redevelopment Plan for the Boundary Road Superfund site. The Property Redevelopment Plan and 5/18/2022 DNR letter are posted on the Bureau for Remediation and Redevelopment Tracking System (BRRTS) website. The Redevelopment Plan can also be viewed in Appendix C of the Orchard Ridge Eastern Expansion, Southern Unit Plan of Operation (see link below).
On 3/23/2022 the Wisconsin DNR sent an “Incompleteness Letter” to Waste Management on the Orchard Ridge Eastern Expansion, Southern Unit Plan of Operation. The 15-page letter includes 27 requirements and 24 areas where more information is needed before the DNR can determine the POO is complete or make a decision on approval.
Information on the Plan of Operation (POO)
The Orchard Ridge Eastern Expansion, Southern Unit (Boundary Road Superfund site exhumation and expansion) POO was submitted to the DNR on 2/18/2022 by Waste Management of Wisconsin, Inc. (WMWI).
The POO is a large document which can be reviewed in sections starting with an Executive Summary. The POO contains 20 appendices. The following appear to be the most significant:
Appendix C: Boundary Road Landfill Property Redevelopment Plan
Appendix L: Leachate Recirculation Plan
Appendix M: Research, Development and Demonstration Plan
Appendix N: Organic Stability Plan
Appendix R: WMWI Environmental Sampling Plan
On 3/23/2022 the DNR also provided direct links to the POO and stated the following:
The department is currently reviewing the Plan of Operation submitted by WMWI for the proposed Orchard Ridge Eastern Expansion, Southern Unit. The procedures specified in s. NR 514.04, Wis. Adm. Code, do not require the department publicly announce or post the Plan of Operation. However, the department recognizes the unconventional elements of this proposal, and the unique level of public interest on this project. Therefore, the department has posted an electronic copy of the Plan of Operation on its website at the following locations (and please note document downloads may take a while):
Plan of Operation (116MB):
Plan of Operation Plan Set (70MB):
PLEASE NOTE: The information here should not be misconstrued as a solicitation of public comments on the Plan of Operation. The opportunity for public comments was during the Feasibility phase (which included the department’s Environmental Review), during which time a class I public notice was posted and a public comment period established, pursuant to s. NR 512.06 and s. NR 150.10(4), Wis. Adm. Code, and s. 289.25(3), Stats.”
Additional documents that may be of interest:
Determination of Site Feasibility – The primary document containing the DNR’s decision.
Project Summary for the Feasibility Determination – A summary of the feasibility determination and the proposed landfill expansion.
Response to Comments Received During Feasibility Review Period – DNR response to the 133 public comments on the Orchard Ridge Landfill, Eastern Expansion, Southern Unit (BRL Superfund Site)
John Filcher, author of “Red Herrings: A Cautionary Journey for Citizen Opposition Groups” was the guest speaker at WEAL’s Annual Meeting (via Zoom) on 11/11/2021. John’s presentation included a firsthand account of how an ordinary group of citizens banded together and formed “Incinerator Free Brown County” (IFBC) to fight against a proposed trash incinerator that was initially proposed in Ashwaubenon and later Green Bay. John described the many twists and turns IFBC faced during the several year campaign to stop the project. WEAL along with several environmental groups networked with IFBC were mentioned during the presentation and are cited in the book.