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Port Angeles Firm To Cap Leaky Landfill

Spokane County commissioners are expected to award a $2.9 million contract Tuesday to a Port Angeles firm - the low bidder to cap the leaky old Colbert Landfill.

The landfill was closed in the mid-1980s after being named to the federal Superfund list of toxic cleanup sites.

It opened in 1968 at Yale and Elk-Chattaroy roads.

Taxpayers already have spent $11 million to clean nearby groundwater polluted by leaching chemicals from the 40-acre site.

The low bidder is Delhur Industries, a Port Angeles company that also has a small office in Hermiston, Ore.

The construction firm currently has a Hanford Nuclear Reservation contract and was used in the past to cap three other landfills in Spokane County.

“We do a lot of landfill work,” said company official Rick Hurworth.

Nine other firms bid from $3.2 million to $4.6 million to cover the landfill with a thick polyethylene cover and 2 feet of drainage sand and topsoil, said Bill Wedlake, county landfill closure manager.

The work must be completed by Nov. 30.

Commissioners on Tuesday also will hold a hearing on a proposed subdivision one-half mile east of Glenrose Road and 25th Avenue.

The subdivision would be called Morgan Murphy Estates and would involve slicing 208 acres into 41 lots and single-family homes. The developer is Steve Herling, general manager of KXLY-TV.

The commission also will hold a final hearing on whether to spend nearly $1 million on a new office building at Geiger Corrections Center.

, DataTimes

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