King County has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a new South County Recycling and Transfer Station to replace the 50-plus-year-old Algona Transfer Station.
Produced by the County’s Solid Waste Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, the DEIS’ preferred alternative is to build a replacement facility adjacent to the existing transfer station.
The purpose of the DEIS is to evaluate potential impacts that siting, constructing, and operating a new recycling and transfer station would have on both the built and natural environments, including earth, air, and water quality; and land use, transportation, public services, and utilities.
The DEIS evaluated these impacts for three different alternatives:
• Taking no action and keeping the existing Algona station;
• Constructing a replacement facility at 901 C St. S.W. in Auburn; or
• Constructing a replacement facility adjacent to the existing transfer station at 35101 W. Valley Hwy. S. in Algona, which is the preferred alternative.
King County hosts a public open house on Feb. 22, and community members are encouraged to attend to learn more about the DEIS, offer comments, and talk with Solid Waste Division employees about the project. The open house is set for 6-8 p.m., in the Commons of Auburn High School, 711 E. Main St., Auburn.
Public comments on the DEIS must be received by March 9. These comments will then be evaluated and considered to inform the final EIS, which should be completed by October of this year.
Information about the DEIS is posted on signs outside the Algona Transfer Station, mailed to anyone who lives within 500 feet of the three alternatives, and at the Algona Transfer Station scale house.
More information about the project is also available on the division’s website, https://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/facilities/algona/index.asp, or by contacting Tom Creegan, project manager, at 206-477-5218, email@example.com.
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 The outdated and undersized station lacks numerous features that newer facilities have, including: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;
• Ample 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.