Promontory Point

FAQs

What are the core values of Promontory Point Resources?

Promontory Point Resources (PPR) is committed to transparency, safety, integrity, teamwork, social responsibility and innovation. Listening to all stakeholders and providing transparency with each of them provides better results for all. PPR stakeholders include customers, neighbors, friends, families, regulatory agencies, municipalities, our investors and the environment. Our goal is to be your trusted local partner and an exceptional solution provider.

What makes the PPR landfill different?

The facility on Promontory Point is not just another landfill. It is built with the latest technology and design specifications to comply with the most stringent local, state and federal requirements. As a private entity, it is incumbent upon us to operate cost effectively while meeting all regulatory requirements, including the management of all areas affecting air and water quality. PPR will ultimately recover methane and convert it to the most valuable commodity available. The site will be primarily powered by solar energy. Our location is close enough for easy commercial access, yet far enough away to minimize the impact on residential communities.

Why does Utah need another landfill?

The simple answer is “growth”. By 2050, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development anticipates Utah’s population will grow by another 2.5 million people. With this growth, our waste capacity must grow as well. The landfill was originally permitted in 2001 by the Utah Department of Quality (DEQ). DEQ only issues a permit to a landfill after a rigorous review and public comment process. DEQ supports the need for an additional resource, and now PPR is meeting the expanding needs of Utah’s growth through a private entity.

Utah has seen rapid growth in recent years. Subsequently, Northern Utah’s current landfills are running out of space or will soon find landfill expansions competing with other municipal infrastructure initiatives for funding.

The existing landfills were originally constructed to provide direct support to the municipality where they are located. They were never designed to provide regional solutions or an economical solution for multiple municipalities. Northern Utah has an immediate need for alternatives.

How is the PPR team qualified to make recommendations?

Our Utah-based team has over 150 combined years of professional waste experience. The construction of the facility is being supervised and completed by a Utah based building firm bringing a local understanding to the specific site location as well as the ability to effectively use Utah resources in the process. The operation of the facility will be staffed by experienced personnel with close ties to the area.

Who will benefit from the addition of this landfill capacity in the market?
  1. The residents/consumers- Utah has 21 Class I landfills and 10 Class V landfills. Of these, only eight are in the greater Salt Lake area and have an estimated remaining life of six to 50 years. The useful life is not the sole determining factor for determining the need for a Class I landfill; the effective cost to the consumer for collection, transportation and disposal is the primary issue.
  2. Competition- Because of a fragmented market, relatively small size of existing facilities, transportation distances, environmental legacies, closure cost liabilities and public administrative burden, the current municipal-owned facilities can greatly benefit from Promontory Point Resources, which offers an economically viable alternative and brings more competition into the marketplace. Example: Davis County just announced the closure of their incinerator in July 2017.
  3. Box Elder County- The new facility will bring new jobs, paying much higher hourly rates than the state average, as well as providing high quality benefits. Box Elder County will directly benefit from the landfill by receiving a $2 per-ton host fee with an overall economic impact far beyond the host fee. It is estimated this will add roughly $1 million to the county’s budget annually, an increase of 5%-10%, plus provide new living wage jobs and engage Northern Utah companies to supply services to the site.
  4. The overall air quality in Utah and the Western US- The vast majority of the volume at PPR will arrive by rail on the Union Pacific Railroad. The Wasatch Valley knows better than most the impacts of automobiles, trucks and commercial vehicles on the air that we breathe. “The Inversion” that the Wasatch Valley experiences multiple times each winter occurs, in one form or another, in other major metropolitan areas across the western United States. By moving wastes by rail across the western US, PPR will eliminate hundreds of thousands of truck based highway miles every year. The carbon impact and reduction of “greenhouse gas” generation by utilizing rail versus trucks will help improve the air that millions of Americans in the west breath every day.
Is Promontory Point a hazardous waste landfill?

The facility at Promontory Point is NOT permitted to receive regulated hazardous waste. Never was and never will be. It is NOT a hazardous waste landfill.

What changes will occur at PPR when the Class V permit is issued?

Very little. The facility at Promontory Point is presently permitted to receive both MSW, industrial waste and special waste under a Class I operating permit. The types of waste the facility can receive will NOT change under a Class V permit. Class I and Class V facilities are constructed to the same standards. The differences are where materials may be shipped from and how individual waste must be contracted.

What is California Hazardous Waste?

California Hazardous Wastes (CalHaz) are a classification the State of California used to regulate wastes that other states call special waste or industrial waste. CalHaz wastes are not considered hazardous in any other state, including Utah. If the constituent concentrations of the material meet levels to be considered CalHaz and are generated by an industrial facility or from a remediation project located within the State of Utah, the material would be classified as NON-HAZARDOUS and would be characterized as either industrial or special waste.

Is industrial/special waste more dangerous than household garbage?

Industrial/special waste are not more hazardous than household garbage; they are wastes that are defined by the State of Utah by “where” they are generated and/or have regulated handling and disposal requirements. In fact, the likelihood that Promontory Point receives infectious or hazardous waste from the industrial/special waste stream is far less likely than being received from household garbage (MSW). For example, look under your sink.  What do you do with your bleach, paint cans, bandages from a cut at home, batteries or light bulbs? Industrial and special wastes are tested, profiled and go through a rigorous review process before it is ever APPROVED to be shipped to or disposed of at Promontory Point.

Doesn’t Utah already have many decades of Class V air space available?

Not really. Viable airspace is a function of constructed airspace and the economics associated with transporting materials to that airspace. There may be industrial airspace in southern Utah but it is neither economically viable, environmentally conscious nor safe to utilize for industries along the Wasatch Front where the largest industrial facilities reside and the most significant economic growth is occurring. Transportation costs would be excessive and unrealistic. Transporting material from Wasatch Front industries via diesel powered heavy trucks along I-15 frequently will have many deleterious effects- adding to the inversion, potential safety issues for motorists due to the increase of large trucks and adding to congestion to name a few. 

Can PPR receive coal combustion residuals (CCR or coal ash)?

By permit, PPR may receive CCR today.  Today, over 95% of all the CCR generated in the US not being utilized for concrete enhancement is managed on-site by the generators of the material.  Due to the sheer volumes of CCR generated every day and the vast amounts of CCR already in storage ponds or on-site landfills, the movement of CCR to off-site options is only likely in a handful of situations.  PPR can, and expects to, receive some amount of CCR or materials contaminated with CCR but PPR was not built with CCR as its primary waste source.  In fact, it is likely that the off-site disposal component will continue to be a very small percentage of the total CCR volume. That volume continues to diminish annually.

Of the material that is moved off the generator sites, the question is more about how much of the material can be reused rather than how much is disposed. There are three types of CCR.  All of which have decades of information about their constituents and characteristics. One of those types of CCR, fly ash, is a valuable constituent in commercial concrete. It is so valuable the state of California has mandated that future commercial concrete contain specific levels of fly ash. Due to the reduction of the number of coal fired electric plants, the total volume of fly ash production drops every year making it potentially more valuable in the future. PPR has the ability to look in the future for re-use of these materials. Though there may not be viable product uses for all forms of CCR today, it does not mean there won’t be in the next decade. If PPR constructed storage capacity for this material, it would be in cells that meet the existing landfill standards and would be kept separate from other wastes for future recovery.  

What is the proximity of the landfill to the Great Salt Lake?

The closest an operating cell will ever be to the Great Salt Lake is more than 1000 yards than the high-water mark for the lake. Even with this distance, PPR has incorporated significant design and physical controls to protect the lake and all of the surrounding properties.