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File #: 2021-0267    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 7/13/2021 In control: Regional Policy Committee
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: AN ORDINANCE establishing an advisory committee to make recommendations about how the county's regional solid waste system could make the transition to using waste to energy technology for the disposal of municipal solid waste; and adding a new chapter to K.C.C. Title 10.
Sponsors: Reagan Dunn, Kathy Lambert
Indexes: Committees, Energy, Solid Waste
Drafter
Clerk 07/07/2021
Title
AN ORDINANCE establishing an advisory committee to make recommendations about how the county's regional solid waste system could make the transition to using waste to energy technology for the disposal of municipal solid waste; and adding a new chapter to K.C.C. Title 10.
Body
STATEMENT OF FACTS:
1. The county approved the 2019 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan ("the 2019 solid waste plan") with the adoption of Ordinance 18893. The 2019 solid waste plan provides the policy guidance for solid waste and materials reduction, collection and handing and management services and programs in the geographic area for which King County has comprehensive planning authority for solid waste management by law or by interlocal agreement or both.
3. The 2019 solid waste plan estimated that with no action the capacity of the Cedar Hills regional landfill was projected to be exhausted in 2028, and evaluated three options for long-term disposal of the region's waste:
a. maximize the capacity of the Cedar Hills regional landfill through further development;
b. export waste by rail to an out-of-county landfill; and
c. construct a waste to energy ("WTE") facility in King County.
4. Of the three options in subsection 3 of this Statement of Facts, the 2019 solid waste plan concluded that the county is to further develop the Cedar Hills regional landfill for additional capacity, but did not specify the next disposal method after ultimate landfill closure.
5. A draft environmental impact statement for the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill 2020 Site Development Plan and Facilities Relocation was issued on September 16, 2020 and presented three development alternatives that are estimated to provide additional landfill capacity ranging from 2037 to 2046.
6. Because the current interlocal agreements with the partner cities obligate the county to dispose of the region's waste through 2040 and it is not known the exact year when the Cedar Hil...

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