In January, Republican state legislator Dean Rhoads and Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid wrote an opinion piece for the Reno Gazette-Journal on plans to create a 95-year landfill for Californians at Jungo, a former railroad stop near Winnemucca.
“The proponents of the Jungo dump claim that it will be the safest of facilities, but the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has determined that leachate from the site will pollute local groundwater,” Rhodes and Reid wrote. “In addition, the proposed dump would have to get exemptions from two Nevada laws that we think make a great deal of sense.”
On March 5, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection approved the dump. It seemed none too anxious to do so: “NDEP is required under federal and state law to issue the air permit,” read its announcement.
The dump must still be approved by the state Bureau of Waste Management.