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Waste not wanted in Nikiski

Posted: November 8, 2013 - 9:10am

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” contains the line: Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” Sounds Familiar: Redoubt Reporter (Oct. 30) “Water Woes Worsen.” Peninsula Clarion: (Nov. 3) “Shelter Opens For Flood Victims.”

If the water already fallen indicates a weather pattern for the future, what then shall prevent AIMM’s monofill dump in Nikiski from overflowing? Modern monofill dumps are nothing more than very large cess dumps lined with double composite high-density polyethylene (HDPE). A liquid waste material called leachate is generated within the landfill when water is combined with the waste held within. Leachate is caused by the decomposition of the refuse and the percolation of rainwater through the waste material. This smelly disgusting waste “soup” will be channeled into leachate ponds producing yet another toxic area. With the amount of rain we’ve had, it is likely that several ponds will be required, containing a million gallons of stinking waste leachate. Storing this toxic overflow inert and safe will surely result in smelly ponds of drilling fluids until some way of processing the waste can be found. How does AIMM plan to deal with the monofill overflow of toxic waste? With the amount of rain we’ve had and likely to have in the future, these cess pools of toxic waste are sure to overflow creating yet another danger to our ground water. Anyone who has experienced sewage backup because of flooding will agree that keeping AIMM’s monofill project clean and safe is a gamble at best, and a toxic nightmare at worst.

AIMM Techologies: Take your waste down to Soldotna and Kenai. You can inject it into their aquifers. Apparently they don’t mind. Just keep it out of Nikiski.

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Suss
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Suss 11/08/13 - 09:56 am
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Not nice Norm

You would want the cities to take your problems, yet you Norm, want no government interference in your life. Cities are zoned and regulated and tend to the everyday affairs of of their constituency and are quite troublesome when it comes to the areas of building, water, sewers and on and on even to the point of telling where to park your militia vehicles. Please Norm, tell us that you really want Zoning out North Road. Why do you need to blame Soldotna and Kenai?

normolson
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normolson 11/08/13 - 04:02 pm
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Kenai and Soldotna's willingness to take the waste

Suss,

You are apparently ignorant of what is happening in your own community. Read the Clarion for Oct 23 and Oct 25,26. Do you realize that a permit has been granted to AIMM to inject drilling waste into your deep wells?

Don't criticize me when the pressures of millions of gallons of drilling waste migrate into your drinking water. What have YOU done to keep the drilling wastes from being injected into your own deep wells.

Stay abreast of what is happening in your own back yard before criticizing me about what I'm trying to prevent.

Norm Olson

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Norseman 11/08/13 - 05:10 pm
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"Someone needs to explain to

"Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn't make a corporation a terrorist." Winona LaDuke

Suss
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Suss 11/09/13 - 08:10 am
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News Norm

The injecting of drilling fluids, mud into deep wells has has been going on all over the area for a long time. Now I guess you just found out that fracking is happening here also. Something very bad could happen, then again maybe not. Not really buying into the poisoned water well theory just yet, but with proof I would gladly become less ignorant.

normolson
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normolson 11/09/13 - 12:48 pm
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Water Wars

I'm don't object to disposing drilling waste by injection into deep wells. What I object to is the idea that Nikiski has been chosen and permitted to create surface monofill pits within
limits of our small town. The history of Nikiski includes the dumping of toxins in unregulated and undocumented locals everywhere. Back in the 60s and 70s waste was simply buried and backfilled in 55gal drums or single wall tanks.
You can display a cavalier attitude toward injection disposal, but isn't it interesting that the only people REALLY concerned are those who are directly affected. Would you want a monofill pit within a few hundred feet of your property? Would you want toxic chemicals injected into the ground near your own aquifer? Norseman raises a good point. Trying to prevent the poisoning of our water doesn't make one a terrorist. However the opposite is also true: He who takes no action when his own neighbors are in danger would definitely be a threat.
Stop it now if you can. The big corporations realized long ago that paying the fine is much cheaper than fixing the problem. Companies like AIMM Technologies are paid by the big oil companies to dispose of waste. Doing it right costs a lot... Excavating a hole back in the woods in the dark and burying drums provides the big profit.
We all know that tank trucks hauling waste often stop at some remote stream and dump the sludge directly into the water. I wouldn't trust any subcontractor to properly and safely dispose of corporation waste, nor will I trust the DEC to act in full defense of Nikiski seeing that they've been dumping here for decades.
Enough is enough.

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Seafarer 11/12/13 - 09:47 am
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From Waste to Energy

Why can the waste not be turned into an energy source like that used in Anchorage?

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