According to a press release, Osceola County successfully pushed to end the delivery of coal ash from Puerto Rico to the JED Landfill, decreasing the delivery window from the original end date of December 2019 to August 10, 2019. The Board of County Commissioners efforts have resulted in having the JED Landfill reduce the volume of coal ash from Puerto Rico by approximately 60,000 tons.
“In addition to moving to end the delivery of the coal ash from AES in Puerto Rico, we were successful in our request to observe and monitor additional sampling and testing of coal ash at the landfill,” said Osceola County Chairwoman Cheryl Grieb. “As expected, the results showed no anomalies or irregularities. While Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection has the sole legal authority and responsibility to oversee landfill operations, the County worked with JED Landfill to end the delivery of out-of-state coal ash.”
According to documentation released by Waste Connections, the coal ash testing results remain consistent with all samples that have been taken by both AES and the JED Landfill by their third party consultants throughout the project. The results are well within compliance of all Federal and State regulations. Additionally, JED Landfill operators Waste Connections stated that this is the third lab location to analyze the coal ash and ALL results have been consistent.
As a privately owned and operated solid waste facility, the Waste Connections JED Landfill is regulated and permitted by the state and federal government and coal ash from within the State is allowed at the site. Coal ash disposal is regulated as a non-hazardous waste on both the state and federal levels. DEP has allowed coal ash from other locations to be disposed of at the JED landfill for a number of years – a situation repeated in Florida at 41 Class 1 landfills, as well as 12 coal ash monofills at power plants.