April 10, 1996
To ensure that Larimer County is able to limit illegal dumping
of solid waste in order to protect public health and safety.
- Illegal dumps present a potential hazard
in our community. Contamination of groundwater, surface water
or land, and fire hazards are specific examples. Previous to this
policy, the County Department of Health and Environment investigated
dumpsites on a complaint basis, and encouraged voluntary action
to close them. In situations where this was not achieved, cases
were referred to the State Health Department for possible enforcement
action. The County now desires to initiate enforcement action
under the authority authorized in the State Solid Waste Act. The
Act authorizes boards of county commissioners to bring action
in District Court to force compliance.
- The Department of Health and Environment,
acting under its statutory mandates to administer and enforce
the regulations of the State Board of Health and health-related
commissions, and under direction from the Larimer County Board
of Health, will continue to investigate cases of illegal dumping.
- The Department will prioritize known dumpsites
according to potential public health threats. For those cases
where a substantial potential public health threat exists, or
when other conditions dictate, the Department will inform owners
in writing of their responsibility to properly cleanup and close
the dumps, and will offer consultation and technical assistance
regarding proper cleanup and closure procedure.
- If voluntary cleanup and closure is not
achieved, the Department will request the Board of County Commissioners
to authorize legal action to force closure.
- In cases where the Board authorizes legal
action, the Department will work with the County Attorney's office
in their efforts to prepare the case for district court action.
- To measure progress in this effort, a goal
of achieving cleanup and closure of six high priority illegal
dumps each year is hereby established.
Adopted this 10th day of
John Clarke, Chair
Larimer County Board of County Commissioners
Larimer County Bulletin Board
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