Sevier County residents have another opportunity to voice their opinions about asbestos waste Tuesday at 8 p.m. in a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission in the county courthouse.
An application filed by the Great Basin Environmental Safety and Health Corp. of Delta has been approved for the disposal site by the Utah State Health Department in spite of strong objections by area residents, but a zoning change will be required by the Sevier County Commission before the site can be developed.At one of several previous public meetings, opponents strongly objected to the dump site. Some 400 protesters attended one meeting in Monroe, parading a sign which read "not in our backyards."
Zoning Commission members say they want as much input as possible from both proponents and opponents before making a recommendation to the commission.
Great Basin officials claim there would be no danger to the area because the wastes would be buried in heavy plastic bags filled with water. They also claim the asbestos would not affect underground water because the material would be well above a 150-foot-deep water table, the depth determined by U.S. Soil Conservation Service and state engineers.
The area in Poverty Flat, about seven miles south of Monroe, is zoned agricultural. It would have to be rezoned to commercial for the corporation to begin carrying through with its plans.
The County Commission will also be required to hold a public hearing.