Residents form 'No North Auburn Dump' campaign to fight a county plan

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 2, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 10:31 PM

AUBURN, Wash. - The King County Solid Waste division is looking for a new South County Recycling and Transfer Station to replace the Algona Transfer Station.

According to King County, the Algona Transfer Station is outdated, over-capacity and does not provide any opportunities for recycling.

The three potential sites being considered are located at:

901 C St. SW, Auburn

35101 West Valley Hwy. S., Algona

28721 West Valley Hwy. S., Auburn

Residents near the proposed site at 28721 West Valley Hwy. S, Auburn said they are opposed to the transfer station. They are worried about several issues including the wetlands in the area and property values, according to neighbor Cindy Flanagan. 

"Who is going to want to buy something where you can't sleep at night because you hear all this noise and it stinks and there's rodent infestation," said Flanagan.

Residents near the proposed site at 28721 West Valley Hwy. S, Auburn said they are opposed to the transfer station. They are worried about several issues including the wetlands in the area and property values, according to neighbor Cindy Flanagan. 

"Who is going to want to buy something where you can't sleep at night because you hear all this noise and it stinks and there's rodent infestation," said Flanagan.

Resident Jon Lindenauer said it will absolutely ruin the quality of life in the neighborhood.

"It is a wetland, it is a bird sanctuary, it is a wildlife habitat and it does not need to have a garbage dump on it," said Lindenauer.

Lindenauer and other concerned citizens have started a Facebook page and plan to launch a grassroots campaign against the transfer station.

Kevin Kiernan, the Assistant Division Director for King County Solid Waste said by the end of the year they hope to announce the location of the new transfer station.

"We have three sites and we need to do environmental reviews of all sites," said Kiernan. "We will have wildlife experts involved. We will have wetland experts involved. They will give us information to help make an informed decision at the end of the process."

In addition to environmental tests, there will be an opportunity for public comments.

Read more on King County's plan.
 
 

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