CADILLAC — It appears as if the Wexford County Board of Commissioners is keeping its word when it comes to a certain ordinance drafted by Cedar Creek officials.
Back in November 2017, the board voted to make its opposition of the injection well at the Wexford County Landfill official and as a result, a resolution was sent to both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality saying as much.
In February 2018, the consensus of board members was they would not get in the way of the township if it wanted to enact a new ordinance or amend a groundwater ordinance already in place, but they were not sure if there was anything the county could do.
More than a year later, the board is being asked to give support to a Cedar Creek Township Zoning Ordinance that deals with deep injection wells in the township. The amendment would only allow for deep injection wells through an application for Special Use Permit. It also would require that only the leachate produced on-site at the landfill would go down the injection well and not leachate or contaminated waste produced elsewhere.
Injection wells pump contaminated water, also known as leachate, deep underground.
The executive committee recently weighed in on the issue and approved recommending the full board support the township’s ordinance.
The injection well has been unpopular since it was first proposed and several local municipalities spoke against it, passing resolutions urging the EPA and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to reject the application to build the well. This included Wexford County, Cadillac and Manton. The agencies, however, issued the permits in 2018 and construction on the well started late last year.
The township is hoping to hold a public hearing on the ordinance in May.
The Wexford County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Commissioners Room on the third floor of the Wexford County Courthouse, 437 E. Division St.