11/8/2013 5:12 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - Construction to a new landfill facility that will hold 800,000 cubic yards of waste is close to completion.
Board members of the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority toured cell eight Friday, which is a 7.3-acre expansion expected to accumulate waste for the next four and a half years.
Project backers said the landfill is a progressive facility, which is both economical and environmentally sound. They hope the public will understand the intricate operations that take place behind the scenes.
E. Paul Barley was an integral part in the development of the landfill.
"It has really worked out great, and I've worked with and under some super good board members, and that's what it takes to get everything done like you want to do it," he said.
Workers are in the process of completing some of the ten layers of construction to protect groundwater. They estimate it will be two months before fluff trash is dumped.
"Good planning and good luck," John Wooton said. "We made some decisions that in hindsight were very wise."