Former EWS Class II Landfill
The EWS – Camden Class II Landfill (IDL030000212) is located in Benton County at 200 Omar Circle, Camden, Tennessee.
Environmental Waste Solutions, LLC (EWS) held a solid waste disposal permit for this facility, but the permit was terminated on July 7, 2017. The termination process was initiated by TDEC after EWS ceased all facility operations and abandoned the site on April 14, 2017, thus failing to enact closure activities to prevent the releases of solid wastes, solid waste constituents, landfill gases and other potentially harmful materials to the environment. TDEC concluded that EWS failed to adhere to its approved operations and design plans by allowing leachate to collect in cells and overfilling waste in multiple locations. Additional information on the facility's permit history can be found on the Solid Waste Dataviewer.
TDEC assumed operations at the landfill on Monday April 17, 2017 and since then has been operating the facility, including the leachate collection systems, landfill gas management system, and the environmental monitoring systems. TDEC now plans to close both landfill cells in Spring 2018.
TDEC would like to provide Camden citizens information regarding these activities. Update emails and other information have been collected below for easy reference.
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This Class II Landfill was permitted for the disposal of secondary aluminum smelter wastes, shredded automotive tires, construction/demolition waste, waste derived from coal combustion and/or certain special wastes approved in writing by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Division of Solid Waste Management (DSWM). Operations ceased in April 2017, and the permit was formally terminated in July 2017. TDEC is preparing the landfill for closure per RCRA Subtitle D rules. This is now anticipated for spring 2018.
Closure of a RCRA Subtitle D landfill, such as this one, requires the following elements (from the bottom up) to form the cap:
- Structural fill to achieve the required closure grades
- Low permeability clay liner
- Geomembrane Liner
- Drainage Geocomposite
- Protective Soil Layer
- Vegetative Layer
Geomembrane is a crucial element of the proposed closure. Once the clay cap construction is complete, it is important to install the geomembrane as soon as possible to minimize the time clay is exposed to weather. Dry weather and wind can dry the clay and cause cracking in the cap. Exposure to rain or other wet weather will increase the clay's moisture content, increasing its permeability and reducing its strength, while also causing a deterioration in the clay surface. Exposing the clay liner to freeze/thaw cycles will also result in cracking of the clay cap.
To ensure that the clay cap is properly protected and covered as soon as possible, TDEC will not begin cap construction until geomembrane is procured and on site.
TDEC will not initiate closure activities at the former EWS landfill until the spring. The chemical companies that make the resin used to fabricate geomembranes are located in Houston, TX. Due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey, chemical companies had to halt production and shipment of this resin, so the material is not currently available. Geomembrane manufacturers have sent out letters informing their customers that they will not be able to meet their contractual obligations to provide geomembrane. The geomembrane TDEC needs for the closure of this site is not expected to be available until January or February at the earliest. A TDEC memo provides further details on the closure delay.
- TDEC is conducting quarterly groundwater sampling and testing. The results of this testing will be posted here.
Second Quarter 2017 Ground Water Test Results
- First Quarter 2017 Ground Water Test Results
Fourth Quarter 2016 Ground Water Test Results
Third Quarter 2016 Ground Water Test Results