Nevada County used to operate a dump on Relief Hill just outside of the Town of Washington in an agreement with the US forest Service, but when the permit ended in 1979 and the county closed it’s operation, people continued to dump illegally. Ann Westling with the Tahoe National forest says in a partnership with Cal-Recycle and Nevada County Environmental Health, 75 to 100 cubic yards of waste were removed from the site this summer and the project was just wrapped up last month.
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The site was then closed to further dumping by blocking off the access with K-rails topped with chain-link fence. the Relief Hill site cleanup cost $283 thousand dollars, and Nevada County Environmental health director Wesley Nicks says the cost was split between the state and the Forest Service.
Signs are now posted on Relief Hill to notify the public that dumping is prohibited.