In 2001, Midland County adopted the Midland County Solid Waste plan stating that no waste other than material used for daily cover as specified in the plan may enter or leave Midland County. Earlier this year, Dow requested to import up to 227,000 tons per year of sediment and floodplain material from Saginaw County, requiring an amendment to the plan.
“Their reasoning is the landfill is closer to the cleanup sites, saving on fuel and transportation expense and we have a very good relationship with them and I think they feel more comfortable placing it here than in private sector landfills,” City of Midland Utilities Director Noel Bush said.
The county board needed to appoint a 14-member committee to review the recommended amendments and make a recommendation back to the Midland County Board of Commissioners for approval. That recommendation was unanimously approved this week.
The amended plan now goes to each local government entity for approval.
“Once we have 67 percent of those bodies’ approval, we can then forward it to the MDEQ for approval and inclusion into the state solid waste management plan,” Bush said.
The 14-member committee included representatives from the following companies: Bierlein, Billy’s Contracting and Servinski Sod, along with Scott O’Laughlin, Midland Landfill superintendent. Other members included: Esther Williams, Midland Recyclers; Brady News or CM Rubber recycling volunteer; County Health Director Mike Krecek; Bush; Lincoln Township Supervisor Kevin Wray; Republic Waste or Waste Management designee; Kip Cosan, The Dow Chemical Co.; contractors Jason Long and Jeff Weckesser; and Walter Kienbaum from Bear Carpet & Restoration Services.