Juneau: EPA releases Finding of No Significant Impact for municipal composting facility
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~ The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently announced their final Finding of No Significant Impact for the $2.5 million grant awarded to the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) for a proposed municipal composting facility. This grant, which was secured through Senator Lisa Murkowski's office, will be used to fund the development of a composting site at the former Lemon Creek Gravel Pit.

After evaluating potential environmental consequences, the EPA has determined that no significant impacts are expected from this project. The complete finding and all related documents can be found on the EPA's website. During a 30-day public comment period, the agency received feedback from Juneau residents on their preliminary findings. The final finding addresses many of these comments.

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The proposed composting facility will be located at 2300 Anka Street and will involve surface hardening, fencing, stormwater management measures, and installation of electricity and water lines. These preparations will allow for the proper management of organic waste materials and extend the lifespan of Juneau's only landfill.

According to CBJ officials, this project is just the first step in increasing community capacity and capability for future solid waste management. With approximately 10-15 years left for the landfill, diverting more organic waste is a top priority for Juneau. It is estimated that up to 22% of annual waste sent to the landfill is organic material, which can be converted into usable finished compost through this new facility.

Residents can find more information about this project and other solid waste topics on CBJ's Solid Waste Planning webpage. The EPA's final Finding of No Significant Impact marks an important milestone in Juneau's efforts towards sustainable waste management practices.

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