Permit snags delay trash shipment to Roosevelt
Some 15,000 tons of municipal trash is piling up in Oahu while a private contractor tries to get permits to ship it to the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in south-central Washington.
District 751 represents about 150 workers at the Klickitat County landfill, which is Washington’s largest.
According to the Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaiian Waste — the contractor — had a permit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to send the trash by ship directly to the landfill. However, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says that the dock at Roosevelt isn’t in compliance with its standards. Meanwhile, Hawaiian Waste says it would now prefer — because it’s cheaper — to ship the waste to the port at Rainier, Ore., and then send it on by truck or train to Roosevelt, some 120 miles upstream on the Columbia River.
The change in the shipping arrangements means that Seattle-based Hawaiian Waste needs to get a new permit, and the permitting process will take at least another 30 days, the Advertiser reported.
The piled-up trash doesn’t represent a health hazard in Hawaii, the company says, because it has been baled in air-tight wrapping and stored in shipping containers. Hawaiian health officials are monitoring it.
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