Stop Baxter County Landfill From Contaminating Local Water Supply

Target: Ozark Mountain Regional Solid Waste Management

Goal: To close the environmentally dangerous Baxter County Landfill.

There are certain expectations that society has come to accept as rights and not necessities. One of these is for the government to be able supply citizens with clean water that is safe to drink and free of harmful pollutants. Those living in Baxter County, Arkansas are threatened with losing that right. At present the NABORS (North Arkansas Board of Regional Sanitation) regional landfill rests dangerously close to the drinking water intake within Lake Norfolk. This has led to several environmental regulation problems at the NABORS landfill including underground water contamination having been confirmed in several monitoring wells.

What is most disconcerting about this issue is that it has persisted for so long. The failures to meet safe water regulatory standards have been known since 2005, meaning eight years of inaction. This unacceptable lapse puts the health of the county’s residents at risk as the potential for leachate contamination– that is the runoff water that occurs from operational or closed landfills which may include dissolved organic matter, inorganic macro components, heavy metals, and xenobiotic compounds– runs high. This can lead to chronic toxin accumulation in both local and even distant populations outside the county. Rivers and lakes impacted by this leachate are often yellow in appearance and frequently support a severe overgrowth of sewage fungus.

Given that the site has continued to remain open with contaminant levels far exceeding EPA standards while being under multiple different managements (RLH, NWAEDD, and now OMSWD), there can be only one recourse. This landfill must be closed down and the site properly cleaned and decontaminated to ensure that no harmful pollutants can impact the water supply of Baxter County residents.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Members of Ozark Mountain Regional Solid Waste Management,

Safe water is a right, not a luxury. Water from public sources should never be allowed to fall under any type of significant contamination risk. Sadly this is not the case in Baxter County, Arkansas. In this county, a significant public health risk has been lurking for several years now. This risk comes by virtue of the NABORS (North Arkansas Board of Regional Sanitation) regional landfill, which rests dangerously close to the drinking water intake within Lake Norfolk. This has led to several environmental regulation problems at the NABORS landfill including underground water contamination having been confirmed in several monitoring wells.

As noted above, this is an issue that has existed for several years which is perhaps what is most disconcerting about this issue. The failures to meet safe water regulatory standards have been known since 2005–eight years of inaction. This is an unacceptable lapse which puts the health of the county’s residents at risk for potential leachate contamination—leachate being the runoff water that occurs from operational or closed landfills which may include dissolved organic matter, inorganic macro components, heavy metals, and xenobiotic compounds– runs high. This can lead to chronic toxin accumulation in both local and even distant populations outside the county. Rivers and lakes such as nearby Lake Norfolk that are impacted by this leachate become yellow in appearance and often support a severe overgrowth of sewage fungus.

Given that this site has continued to remain open with contaminant levels far exceeding EPA standards across multiple different managements (RLH, NWAEDD, and now OMSWD) there can be only one recourse. This landfill must be closed down and the site properly cleaned and decontaminated to ensure that no harmful pollutants can impact the water supply of Baxter County residents.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Signed! Shared! Please sign this petition, because water is a so valuable a resource that people are storing water.

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