Minden Press-Herald

Tuesday
Sep 30th

Citizens Against Pollution

Dear Editor:

Thanks to Mr. Charles Odom, Juror WPPJ District 8, and Allied Waste/Republic Services Team: Mr. J. Roy Walters III, General Manager North Louisiana, Mr. James Geiger, Operation Manager Webster Parish Landfill, and Mr. Chris Alderete, Environmental Manager.

Many of the citizens of Webster Parish would be better informed if they would visit the landfill and get a first-hand look at the overall operation of this facility. The management staff that we communicated with was able to provide a clearer understanding of this operation and cited the safety measurements that are in place to minimize system failures. Also, there are backup plans in place to address potential system failures.

The CAP members that toured the landfill were able to conclude that much progress has been made in operating this controlled facility. We strongly encourage our citizens to get involved to get a better understanding of this facility and its operation.

However, in light of the tour, it was brought to the attention of Mr. Geiger, Operation Manager, and Mr. Charles Odom, Juror of District 8 that Louisiana solid waste regulations requires* each parish, in conjunction with its municipalities, to prepare and maintain a recycling and reduction plan detailing educational programs; recycling programs; incentives to promote recycling and waste reduction, review of recycling programs, markets, and backup markets; a review of existing recycling programs; contingency measures; a mathematical formula detailing how the parish intends to calculate the percentage of waste reduction.

The plans must be reviewed annual by the local governing institution that prepared the plan and the LDEQ. Annual progress reports are require to be submitted by December 31 of each year.

We, members of CAP, are constantly seeking out more citizens of Webster Parish to get involved to help us keep our communities a beautiful and healthy place to live.

We recognize the disappearing species native to the area, such as: owls, whippoorwills, toad frogs, and native wild cherry trees, etc. It would be favorable for the Webster Parish Police Jury to address this concern to eliminate a possibility these species becoming extinct.

The purpose our organization, CAP, is to foster cooperation and communication among individuals and organization to address the environmental problems of Louisiana, with special focus on clean water and the Sparta Aquifer in Webster Parish and North Louisiana.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or our organization, please call John Gill, President at 318-371-2376; e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Roy G. Phillips at 318-382-1801; e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

*See LAC 33:VII.10307.A.

John Gill

 

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