U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Pinedale Field Office
|Release Date: 08/02/13|
Dumping on Public Lands: What a Waste!
The Bureau of Land Management Pinedale Field Office (PFO) is reminding the public that the dumping of any kind of refuse on public lands is illegal.
Illegal dumping is a long-standing problem on public lands with dump sites often promoting even more dumping in the same area. Solid debris such as appliances, yard clippings and vegetation, household trash and chemicals, vehicles, furniture and construction materials are typical; however, extremely hazardous wastes from clandestine drug labs are increasingly common.
Illegal dumps can pose a threat to humans, pets, wildlife and vehicles. Toxic or hazardous liquids can drain into the ground, damaging vegetation and water sources, or be ingested with fatal results. Punctured tires, cuts and scrapes, trapped animals, infestations and harmful fumes can all result from these illegal dumps.
PFO Environmental Protection Specialist Cindi Etcheverry says, “This is your public land and your back yard. Dumping at the very least is an eyesore; at the most, it is a real threat to everyone’s safety.”
If you find an illegal dump on public land, resist the urge to poke around, note the location and call your local BLM office or other appropriate agency. The BLM evaluates each dump site before determining what methods are needed to safely remove refuse from the area.
Penalties for dumping on public lands can include a one-year jail sentence or up to a $1,000 fine.
“Sublette County has a landfill and a transfer station that are inexpensive to use and easy to access,” states Etcheverry. “They even accept used oil, appliances, batteries, paints and other household hazardous waste.”
For more information on the Sublette County landfill and transfer station, please contact:
For additional information, please contact Etcheverry at 307-367-5375.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
Pinedale Field Office 1625 West Pine Street Pinedale, WY 82941
|Last updated: 08-02-2013|
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