EL CENTROÂ â€“ The Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved and awarded an agreement of services to the company Clean Harbors for the a one-time Pesticide Disposal Event.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offered funding to the Imperial County Agriculture Department through a Cooperative Agreement with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) to hold a one-time event to collect and dispose of unused, outdated pesticide products being stored by local growers. When old pesticides are stored for long periods, the containers and/or the pesticides inside them may degrade, rendering them unusable or unsafe for continued storage.
The purpose of this event is to reduce pesticide exposure and reduce risks to people and the environment by ensuring safe disposal of these old or unwanted pesticides.
On November 15, 2015 the Board approved and signed a cooperative agreement with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to fund this event, and on February 9 approved an amendment to the agreement to increase the available funding to $150,000.
â€œThe county received two written proposals, from Stericycle and Clean Harbors,â€ said Connie Valenzuela, Agricultural Commissioner. â€œBoth proposals were reviewed and scored by the Evaluation Committee who recommended that the Agreement for Services for the Pesticide Disposal Event be awarded to Clean Harbors after receiving the highest score.â€
In addition to the evaluation scoring results, the committee also considered the following factors: Clean Harbors has extensive experience in this type of pesticide collection and disposal event, it was preferable for the vendor to provide a suitable site for the event within Imperial County and Clean Harbors has included that in their proposal, and lastly, the site to be used for the event would be the local Westmorland Class I landfill which is owned by Clean Harbors.
â€œAlthough not centrally located, it is an excellent site in that it is secure and is set up to receive and handle hazardous materials making it the safest location in the county to hold such an event,â€ said Valenzuela.
The Evaluation Committee members were comprised of two Agricultural Commissionerâ€™s Office staff members, one County Fire Department staff member, and one Environmental Health Services staff member.
Date and time of the event will be posted as soon as they become available.