Members of the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County spent the majority of their Tuesday meeting discussing options for a landfill.

Members of the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County spent the majority of their Tuesday meeting discussing options for a landfill.
According to Stephen Bell, president/CEO of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce, the memorandum of understandings requires the county to provide Sun Bio with a landfill for their industrial waste.
“We are working with the county and the EDCCC. We have identified some property near the Sun Bio facility that would be good for a commercial landfill,” Bell said.
Bell said the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission initially agreed to provide state bonds to cover the cost of the landfill. As a consequence, taxpayers would not be required to pay for the landfill, nor would the purchase require any additional taxes.
“The bonds will be paid back with the future revenues from the landfill,” Bell explained.
While this was a solution to the problem, Bell reported that Alcoa stepped forward to offer to dispose of Sun Bio’s waste at a cheaper rate and offered to contract with additional industries in the area to help them dispose of their waste.
“Obviously, that is another flare in the market that is going to affect the revenue of a Class III landfill. It raises the question of how viable would a Class III commercial landfill be if you have another person in the market doing business,” said Bell.
In a matter unrelated to Sun Bio, Bell said discussions have taken place regarding the fate of the current landfill used by the county.
According to Bell, the current landfill is nearing the end of its life.
“We’ve had some meetings with B&F Engineering of Hot Springs and Terracon to look at all of the different variables involved to come up with what kind of landfill does the county really need going into the future. Not only for the county and the residents, but also for the local business community,” said Bell.
Before making a final decision, Bell said a decision was reached to conduct a landfill study. A representative from Terracon provided a quote in the amount of $38,500 to conduct a landfill study.
A Class III landfill is defined as a non-hazardous industrial waste landfill, while the county’s current landfill is a Class IV, which accepts building products and roofing material.
Bell said the advantage of having a Class III commercial landfill is that it would be the only one in the solid waste management district. As a result, Bell believes it would generate additional revenue for the county.
According to Clark County Judge Troy Tucker, a cell, which is quickly filling up, was opened in the current landfill last year.
“We have some areas that are overfilled that we have been working with AEDQ in Little Rock on to correct. This overfill has occurred over the last few years, but we are going to be responsible for making the necessary corrections to this overfill area at a huge expense to the county,” Tucker said.
After hearing from representatives form B&F Engineering regarding the current landfill, and Terracon regarding options for the construction of a Class III landfill, members of the EDCCC voted to proceed with a landfill study to be conducted by Terracon.
According to Bell, Sun Bio representatives have signed a contract with HSG Environmental Consultants of Bryant to do the air permit for the plant.
“They have told Sun Paper that it would take them 12 to 16 weeks to complete that process for the air permit and the pre-engineering. The state has told us they can get their part done in two months. They are looking at about six months, which would put us around January 2019,” said Bell.
In addition, Bell presented three layout proposals for the mill. Each proposal has the water treatment facility located across the highway from the Sun Bio mill. The engineers believed it would be better for the water treatment facility to be located away from the mill to help with logistics. A definite location for the water treatment facility has not been determined.
According to Bell, the construction of the mill has been delayed due to Sun Bio’s decision to change its product from dissolving pulp to linerboard.
“We ended up with something better with the linerboard,” said Bell.
Bell reported that closing on the Hitco property is pending and expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
In addition, a survey is being conducted on the Drumco property, which is the last piece of property needed to install the other leg of the rail spur from the mainline.