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Precinct 4 seeks public comment for landfill cleanup

January 24, 2019

Harris County Precinct 4 is seeking public comment as it applies for a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up of a closed landfill in Klein.

Once cleaned up, the landfill would be converted into a hiking and biking path to extend the Spring Creek Greenway, according to a grant proposal from Precinct 4.

“The Greenway trail currently has approximately 19 miles of trails in place east of Interstate I-45, and this property is part of Phase V of the Spring Creek Greenway project,” the proposal states.

Located at 23601 Rothwood Road in Spring near the Fox Hollow subdivision, the landfill had accumulated oily sludge, along with waste from construction and demolition sites.

According to the Harris County Appraisal District, the landfill is over 1 million square feet and has been owned by the county since 2015.

The proposal also outlines four possible courses of action, including removing all of the contaminated soil, which would cost about $2.6 million.

Partially removing some of the larger chunks of contaminated surface waste and compacting the rest of the soil into an even layer nearly six feet thick would cost approximately $1 million.

A third alternative that would cost about $1.8 million would involve sifting the soil to separate the contaminated soil, which would then be disposed. The remaining soil would be compacted and capped by two feet of clay.

Not removing the contaminated waste is a fourth option that wouldn’t cost anything, but the areas bordering on Willow Creek could erode into the water during heavy rains.

The next Harris County Commissioners Court meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.

Residents can sign up to speak in favor or against the grant proposal and the plans until Monday, Jan. 28 at https://appearancerequest.harriscounty.gov.

mayra.cruz@chron.com

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