Waste not wanted in Nikiski

“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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