HARRODSBURG - The state has agreed to take over monitoring of the Mercer County landfill, which was closed in the early 1990s.
While the landfill has not accepted garbage for more than 10 years, the county has been required to monitor drainage from the landfill. Mercer County Judge-Executive John Trisler said earlier this week that the Division of Waste Management will monitor that drainage, or leachate. That task cost the county $9,281 in the last fiscal year.
The job does not stop at the monitoring phase. The leachate must be collected and put on a truck and taken to the Harrodsburg Waste Water Treatment Plant to be treated. The bill for that was about $45,000 in the last fiscal year, Trisler said.
Trisler said it is possible the state will shoulder that responsibility and cost following a lengthy process of reviewing and studying the landfill.