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Richard: here's a link to the Mecham Road dumpsite:
Very timely article, as if they read this website :). Explains what they will be doing with it.
Richard, I'm interested to see what you find out about that study also, much of the debris going to the county dump must be contaminated in one form or another.
VERY appreciative of your posts on this subject. Looks like my mistake because I mistakenly believed that the debris was being taken to the dump east and across 101 from Olimpali State Park which is on the NWP mainline.
Agree with your point about transloads but maybe it was less costly to haul the debris to a local landfill. If it is near the Bay did they do a CEQUA study? If not the county is liable will be liable and the is worrisome.
I'll do my homework now to see where is Mecham road. For a Sustainable Agricultural area like Santa Rosa, I'm surprised. Also the traffic on 101 is already untenable so to add more trucks????
Richard, the dump is on Mecham road and not close to the mainline. Articles I've read stated that the dump processes on normal days less than 1000 tons of waste. Since fire cleanup has started it now is processing 6000+ tons a day. Estimates are that 5 years of the dumps life span will be lost. Would have been nice to set up a transload to take it out by rail but not going to happen now. There's not many spots large enough that would work near the rail line. I drove through Standard Structures yesterday and there is 2 separate large piles of concrete and a rock crusher on the way They are also processing metal onsite. No a lot of room left for anything else.
My my son drives from Windsor to Petaluma for his job that starts at 5:30pm. Before the fire he would leave at 4:30 and take him 45min, since the fire he leaves at 4:00 and is often late. The amount of dump trucks on 101 from Windsor to Cotati is crazy and is causing nothing but traffic issues. The cleanup needs to be done and will take months. 25% of Coffee Park and they just started the cleanup of Fountain Grove.
On the evening ABC news tonight they showed the backlog of trucks from Santa Rosa into the Petaluma dump site on 101 and how the Army Corps of Engineers are working to resolve. That dump is on the mail line.
You residents of Sonoma Cty should be screaming bloody murder about this 101 traffic mess and asking your officials why it is not being put onto rail to the dump.
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