What is a waste repository?
Soil from cleanups of residential and commercial properties contains metals - like lead and arsenic - that can harm people. This soil needs a place where it can be safely contained. These waste repositories are carefully chosen and engineered to securely contain contaminated soil and reduce impacts to people and the environment. Waste repositories are managed long after they are closed to be sure the contaminants remain contained and secure.
Artist conception - view from Woodland Park of the Lower Burke Canyon Repository when completed.
East Mission Flats waste repository site near Cataldo, Idaho. Photo courtesy of North Wind Construction.
Lower Burke Canyon Repository
The Lower Burke Canyon Repository, will be located in Wallace, east of Burke Road (Highway 4) and north of Grays Bridge Road, near Woodland Park. The site is currently a closed mine tailings impoundment. Waste material removed from cleanups within the Canyon Creek area will be placed on top of this already contaminated surface. This repository will also receive wastes from the Institutional Control Program administered by Panhandle Health District. Local residents helped select this site for a repository.
EPA has responded to the public’s comments on the repository’s design. One commenter raised issues about its height and truck traffic. Another commenter was concerned about dust from and management of the nearby SVNRT repository. To see our responses, go to this link.
East Mission Flats Repository
The East Mission Flats Repository, located west of Cataldo, Idaho, contains waste soil contaminated with metals from property cleanups in the Lower Basin.
The Page Waste Repository, located west of Smelterville, Idaho, contains waste soil contaminated with metals from development activity in the Box.
Big Creek Repository
The Big Creek Repository is located east of Kellogg, Idaho. It accepts waste from cleanups and the ICP in the Upper Basin.
Future repository site: Osburn