Grass Creek Industrial Landfill - Renewal Permit Application

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Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Public Notice:

            In accordance with the provisions of the Wyoming Environmental Quality Act and Chapter 1 of the Solid Waste Rules and Regulations, Merit Energy Company has submitted a renewal permit application for the Grass Creek Industrial Landfill.

            This facility provides for the disposal of petroleum contaminated wastes, exploration and production Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) - exempt wastes, plastic, fiberglass, non-friable asbestos, petroleum contaminated soils, wood, non-recyclable items, and other inert wastes which have been generated within Grass Creek, Gooseberry, Hamilton Dome, Pitchfork, Spring Creek, Steamboat Butte, Circle Ridge, and Maverick Springs production fields. The 20.49 acre facility is located in the Grass Creek oil field off Grass Creek road approximately 20 miles northwest of Thermopolis, Wyoming.  More specifically, this facility is located in the SE ¼ SW ¼ of Section 19, Township 46 North, Range 98 West, in Hot Springs County, Wyoming. The total volumetric capacity of this facility is estimated to be 151,000 cubic yards.  The life of the facility is estimated to be 43 years.

            The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has reviewed the application and found it to be complete. Any interested person has the right to file comments on the permit application and the DEQ’s completeness review.  The period for providing comments shall begin on September 23, 2021, and end on November 1, 2021.  Comments must be received by 5:00 PM on the last day of the notice period.  Comments on this application must be submitted in writing to the Department of Environmental Quality, Luke Esch, Administrator, Solid and Hazardous Waste Division, 200 W. 17th Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002 or submitted using the DEQ comment portal provided at

           DEQ is now conducting a review of the application to determine if it complies with applicable technical standards for a facility of this type.  If DEQ finds that the application complies with the technical standards, DEQ will issue a proposed permit and provide public notice and further opportunity to comment on the proposed permit.

            In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, special assistance or alternative formats will be made available upon request for individuals with disabilities.

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