Weekly News Bulletin: Apr. 10-16, 2003


Alabama Commissioners Seek Reduction In Landfill Power

Alabama county commissions are encouraging the state Legislature to take away some of their power, as they do not want to be allowed to cancel a landfill once they've approved it. The reason is that residents apparently pressure county commissioners to change their minds, and the backlash can cost commissioners at election time. Among several provisions of the regulatory reform bill is one that says once a county commission or city council has approved a landfill, the approval will remain valid unless the developer drops the landfill plans or the Alabama Department of Environmental Management does not approve the project. Landfill opponents are fighting the proposal...Read More »



Allied Receives Extension For Ohio Landfill

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has granted Allied Waste Industries a permit to expand its Lorain County II landfill in Oberlin, Ohio. Allied can now expand the landfill both laterally and vertically. The site currently comprises 269 acres across two cells; the expansion will connect the two cells and add approximately 16.3 million cubic yards of capacity. The landfill now has a total life expectancy of 28.4 years...Read More »



Pennsylvania DEP Temporarily Shutters Alliance Landfill

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has announced that the Alliance Landfill in Taylor Borough, Lackawanna County, will be shut down under a consent order and agreement that DEP issued to force the landfill to correct numerous violations and remedy community nuisances. The consent order and agreement required the landfill to close voluntarily this past Monday, April 14, 2003, and remain closed until corrective action is taken on operational problems that DEP documented during routine inspections, complaint response activities, and after-hours inspections and odor patrols. DEP officials said they have recorded more than 58 violations at the landfill since March 2002, as well as more than 100 odor complaints from local residents...Read More »



Rocky Mountain Steel Mills Reaches Agreement With EPA

Rocky Mountain Steel Mills, a division of Oregon Steel Mills, Inc., (NYSE: OS), recently negotiated a comprehensive settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve all air emission compliance issues arising over the last two decades under the New Source Performance Standards and the Prevention of Significant Determination programs. Under the settlement, RMSM will maintain its production levels while dramatically reducing the facility's emissions and improving its energy efficiency. Under the agreement, RMSM will voluntarily shut down one of its steel making furnaces in order to invest approximately $25 million in a single state-of-the-art furnace/emission control operation and improved reheat furnaces. In addition, as part of the settlement agreement, RMSM has agreed to spend $450,000 to fund community-based environmental enhancement and educational projects in Pueblo, Colo...Read More »



Tucson Rejects Plans For Landfill Tip Fee Cuts

During its deliberations to balance a $43 million shortfall in the coming year's budget, the Tucson City Council has rejected a plan to cut commercial landfill charges aimed at luring more waste to the Los Reales Landfill and $1.2 million in extra cash to the city. The proposal would have lowered landfill fees to private haulers, which would have in turn brought more waste to the landfill and increased revenue for the city. But city council officials said it was a shortsighted plan that would unduly increase demands on landfill space...Read More »



Montenay Bay Incinerator Wins OSHA Star Designation

The Montenay Bay incinerator in Bay County, Fla. has been awarded certification as an OSHA VPP STAR site. The facility is the first OSHA VPP STAR Site in Bay County and one of only 26 sites in the state of Florida. OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program awards companies that have achieved excellence in the area of employee health and safety. The certification of Montenay Bay is the fourth such achievement for Montenay Power Corporation, a subsidiary of Onyx, which operates ten waste-to-energy facilities in the United States and Canada...Read More »



Environmental Safeguards Announces Year-End Results

Environmental Safeguards, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ELSF) has announced a net loss for the year ended December 31, 2002 of $3.04 million, equal to ($0.33) per share, compared to prior year net income of $1.51 million or $0.12 per share. Revenues for the recently completed year were $943,000, compared to $2.99 million in 2001. Company officials said the reduction of revenue and profit in 2002 was largely because of the completion of contract operations in Mexico at the end of 2001. Environmental Safeguards' ITD technology uses a heat-jacketed rotating chamber that vaporizes hydro-carbons and hydrocarbon derivatives from contaminated materials, and a condenser that liquefies the vapor into hydrocarbon liquids of better than 99% purity, for reuse...Read More »


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