Beatrice Landfill Work Digs Up a Few Surprises

BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice is finding a few surprises, as construction of an area to receive waste between landfill cells southwest of the city gets underway.

J.J. Westhoff Construction has begun the nearly $1.75 million work.  Beatrice City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says some problems have been uncovered with leachate.  That’s water that runs through the trash and is supposed to be drained into a pond, removed and then treated.

:30                  “pouring out”

Tempelmeyer says the solution will be to build a trench and pump out the leachate.   He says the construction company also had some trouble locating the liner that was built under the old disposal area.

:14                  “built that way”

A third issue was uncovered during excavation of the old garbage.  The company discovered bags of asbestos that had been improperly disposed of, at the old cell.

:32                  “any of the borings”

The bags discovered had orange stickers, marking the material as asbestos.  Several pieces of construction equipment are on site, building the so-called piggyback project.  The goal of the project is to get another six to seven years of disposal life out of the landfill.

Tempelmeyer says the unforeseen discoveries will mean some added cost for the city, and some for the contractor.

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