Contract Awarded For Mesquite Landfill Rail Yard

Coffman Specialties, Inc. of San Diego has been awarded a $36.3 million contract to construct a rail spur and intermodal rail yard at the Mesquite Regional Landfill, where municipal solid waste (MSW) will be received for disposal by way of California’s first waste-by-rail project.
The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County today awarded the contract to Coffman Specialties, Inc., the lowest of eight bids received for the project that will include a rail spur, bridge and construction of the facilities where containerized trash will arrive by train for disposal at the regional landfill. The Mesquite Regional Landfill is located about 5 miles east of Glamis.
Work is expected to begin in the spring and take about 18 months to complete.
“Awarding the contract for the MRL rail spur and intermodal facility is a major milestone in the development of the waste-by-rail system that will provide an innovative, environmentally responsible, regional solid waste disposal solution,” said Janet Coke, manager of the Sanitation Districts waste-by-rail project. “The enormity of the project also will bring numerous construction jobs to the Imperial Valley.”
The MRL project calls for the construction of a 100-acre intermodal facility, similar to what is commonly seen at seaports where containers are moved by crane from ships onto tractor-trailer trucks for delivery.  A similar process will move containerized MSW from rail cars onto trucks for disposal in the landfill.
Additionally, the infrastructure project requires construction of a 4.5 mile rail spur to connect with the Union Pacific Railroad main line about 1-mile northwest near Glamis. A bridge to span storm water control channels on the landfill property also will be built.
The Sanitation Districts went out to bid on the project in July after signing an agreement with Union Pacific that spells out the terms and conditions for transporting up to two unit trains a day – each that will carry 4,000 tons of MSW – to the Mesquite Regional Landfill.
At the same time, construction is underway on the Puente Hills Intermodal Facility, where sorted trash will be loaded onto trains for the 200-mile trip to the Mesquite Regional Landfill.  The access road construction has begun for an intermodal project that is estimated to cost $100 million. The project is expected to be completed in early 2012.
The Mesquite Regional Landfill was fully built in 2008. The state-of-the art landfill includes a road and drainage system, a water distribution system and the modular offices to house landfill staff. The first cell of the landfill has been lined with a 5-foot-thick multi-layer system that exceeds state, federal and local standards.
To get the Mesquite Regional Landfill into operation before the rail infrastructure is completed and to provide greater flexibility in its early years of operation, the Sanitation District has proposed that Imperial County modify the permit governing the facility. The Sanitation District has requested that Imperial County allow the trucking of a limited amount of waste to the landfill.
The proposed permit modification seeks permission to truck up to 4,000 tons per day of waste a day, 1/5th of what the landfill is permitted to receive. A draft environmental impact report, with air and traffic studies of the proposal, is expected to be released soon.
The Mesquite Regional Landfill is permitted to receive up to 20,000 tons per day (tps) of municipal solid waste, after it has been sorted to remove recyclables and hazardous waste. Up to 1,000 tons per day of the waste that the landfill receives is reserved for Imperial County waste.
At peak operation, the Mesquite Regional Landfill is expected to employee about 250 people and to pay Imperial County fees of about $17 million a year.

22 Executives and Employees of Military and Law Enforcement Products Arrested

Twenty-Two Executives and Employees of Military and Law Enforcement Products Companies Charged in Foreign Bribery Scheme

Defendants Arrested in Las Vegas and Miami; 21 Search Warrants Executed in United States and United Kingdom

Twenty-two executives and employees of companies in the military and law enforcement products industry have been indicted for engaging in schemes to bribe foreign government officials to obtain and retain business, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips for the District of Columbia; and Assistant Director Kevin Perkins of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division . Twenty-one defendants were arrested in Las Vegas yesterday. One defendant was arrested in Miami. The indictments stem from an FBI undercover operation that focused on allegations of foreign bribery in the military and law enforcement products industry.

Man Arrested With $30K Strapped to His Ankles

San Ysidro — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service worked together to arrest a man attempting to leave the country with $30,323 and man with U.S. mail belonging to other people, during southbound inspections at the San Ysidro port of entry.

CBP Arrests 15-Year-Old Marijuana Smuggler

San Luis, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis port of entry arrest another juvenile for marijuana smuggling.

Today a 15-year-old juvenile applied for entry into the United States through the pedestrian entrance. The CBP officers who encountered the young man noticed something peculiar about his person and escorted him into the office. Once in secondary the officers found a package of marijuana with a weight of more than one pound taped to his inner thigh.

A PAIR OF VICTIMS Become a Couple of Cons

Ponzi schemes text on U.S. currency

Bernie Madoff stole billions, but two brothers in Michigan recently put a different twist on the traditional Ponzi scheme. They started out as willing participants in a get-rich-quick oil and gas scheme, only to learn it was all a fraud. Then, they decided to turn the tables…