The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has issued a recommendation to the City of Sheridan in regard to the City's variance request on the proposed expansion of the landfill. DEQ has ruled that the City needs to further investigate alternative sites for a new landfill.
DEQ has certain criteria, that if met, require a variance request. City Utilities Manager Dan Roberts explains that there are three reasons why the City requested the variance.
The City has 110 acres of land just southeast of the current landfill that they have proposed as the expansion of a new landfill approximately ten years from now. Roberts says that during the variance request process, the City did look at other possible sites that would be suitable to DEQ standards.
The letter from the DEQ also gave the City a little bit more direction in finding alternative sites.
Roberts said that the City intends to have that additional evaluation done within the month, and will then submit that data to the DEQ for their review.