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Algona Transfer Station replacement project final environmental impact statement released

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A final environmental impact statement has been issued for a new south King County recycling and transfer station that would replace a 1960’s-era facility that is past its engineered lifespan.

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King County has issued the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for a new South County Recycling and Transfer Station that would replace the outdated 1960s-era Algona Transfer Station.

The purpose of the EIS is to evaluate potential environmental impacts that siting, constructing, and operating a new recycling and transfer station would have on both the built and natural environment, including earth, air, and water quality; and land use, transportation, public services, and utilities.

The EIS evaluated these impacts for three different alternatives:

• Building a recycling and transfer station at 901 C St. SW in Auburn;
• Building a recycling and transfer station at 35101 W. Valley Hwy. S. in Algona, adjacent the existing transfer station (the preferred alternative); or
• Keeping the existing Algona station (the “no action” alternative).

The final EIS also includes all comments received after the draft EIS was issued earlier this year and responds to those comments.

While the final EIS identifies a preferred alternative, the decision on which alternative will be selected is based on several considerations:

• The analysis in the final EIS;
• Comments from the public, elected officials, local, state, federal and tribal governments; and
• Factors such as cost and regional policies.

The County expects to select an alternative by the end of 2016.

More information about the project is available on the division’s website, https://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/facilities/algona/index.asp.

Anyone wishing to appeal the adequacy of the final EIS must file a Notice of Appeal by Oct. 7. For more information about the appeal process see: https://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Programs/EnvPlanning/SEPAappeal.aspx

Opened in the mid-1960s, the Algona Transfer Station is at the end of its engineered lifespan. The outdated and undersized station lacks numerous features that newer facilities have, including:

• Adequate room for recycling services;
• An enclosed building to control odor, noise and dust;
• Adequate on-site space for vehicles to line up;
• Trash compactors to accurately and efficiently load collected garbage; and
• Landscaping and design features that help the facility be more compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.

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