County District Attorney Daniel Hooge, Commissioner Dr. Adam Katschke, and County Building and Planning Supervisor Cory Lytle met Feb. 4 with representatives from Western Elite and Coyote Springs in Las Vegas, in hopes of working out some of the issues between the two landowners.
Lincoln County has been considering issuing a special use permit for Western Elite after they were approved for a Class 1 Landfill license by the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection in 2014. Class 1 will allow for the dumping of hazardous, municipal solid waste, PCB, and liquid wastes.
Western Elite already has a Class 3 permit, which allows for taking construction and demolition debris, rubbish, automobile shredder residue, tires, asbestos, biosolids, grease traps and other industrial wastes.
The facility is located on 83 acres about 33 miles south of Alamo, and permitted by the NDEP. The landfill has a disposal capacity of 11.9 million cubic yards and an estimated lifespan of approximately 59 years.
At the same time, Lincoln County has had a long-standing agreement with Coyote Springs Investments to not allow a Class 1 dumpsite within a certain distance of their property. Western Elite?s landfill lies at the northwest edge, literally just across U.S. 93, from the Coyote Springs development northern border, and CSI is very opposed having a Class 1 dump site located so close to them.
The Las Vegas meeting was intended to hopefully work out the questions and avoid having to go to legal litigation.
Katschke said the thing he did not want to have happen was Coyote Springs filing suit against Lincoln County.
He said what the County has to do is decide whether or not they are going to issue Western Elite a special use permit or not.
Lytle said it is his understanding the ruling for the Class 1 license has been appealed, ?but I don?t know where that sits right now as far as the NDEP goes. There is some potential for a suit, but we are going to try to avoid it, because of the cost and all the other things that would be involved with that. We will be trying to take care of some of the questions that have arisen over the past year or so.?