Weekly News Bulletin: Apr. 6-12, 2004


Maryland County Protests Oklahoma Tribe's Plans For Landfill

The Delaware Nation Indian tribe of Anadarko, Okla. has expressed interest in building a landfill on a 481-acre site in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Local officials are opposed to the idea, and also fear that a casino could be built on the land. County officials have contacted the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (www.doi.gov/bureau-indian-affairs.html), contending that the proposal is a "transparent" attempt to avoid local land-use laws by National Waste Managers Inc., a company that has long sought to place a landfill on the site. Anne Arundel officials have not documented a connection between the company and the tribe...Read More »



Pennsylvania May Create Office of Pollution Reduction

Pennsylvania is now considering legislation that would establish an Office of Pollution Reduction and Prevention as part of an overall plan to clean up the state. The bill would establish the office within the state Department of Environmental Protection, and would be funded by 20 percent of the fines collected on environmental violations...Read More »



Gundle/SLT Reaches Agreement To Settle Class Action Suits

Gundle/SLT Environmental has reached an agreement in principle to settle three class action lawsuits filed in January 2004 in the Delaware Court of Chancery. The suits charged that Gundle/SLT's board acted improperly by authorizing the merger of GSE with a subsidiary of Code Hennessy & Simmons IV LP. Gundle/SLT has agreed to pay the plaintiffs' attorneys' fees and expenses up to $330,000, subject to court approval...Read More »



Etowah County, Ala. Officials Begin Serving Sentences For Landfill Scheme

Four former Etowah County, Ala. officials who were convicted of a plot to defraud the county out of $1.4 million in garbage fees have reported to federal prison to begin serving their sentences. The administrators were convicted in 2001 and sentenced on 2002. The sentences range from 15 to 94 months...Read More »



NYC Residents Seek Creation Of Marine Transfer Stations

A group representing New York City waterfront neighborhoods outside Manhattan has urged city officials to stick to a plan to rebuild eight marine transfer stations throughout the city. After the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island closed, the New York Times reports that the neighborhoods saw a significant upturn in the amount of waste passing through their local transfer stations. The marine transfer plan proposed by the Bloomberg administration has turned out to be more expensive and time-consuming than originally expected, and so the city is looking to other potential solutions...Read More »



Page County, Va. Landfill Reopens After Judge's Order

A judge has granted National Waste Services of Virginia's request to reopen its Page County landfill while the company appeals an order by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality that shuttered the landfill and forced the company into bankruptcy. The judge found that National Waste is likely to win on appeal because it was largely excluded from the state's permit revocation procedures...Read More »



GM Brings Landfill Gas Energy Project Online In Shreveport

The General Motors plant in Shreveport is the fourth GM facility in the country to use landfill gas as energy, recently completing work on a $6 million project. The gas from a nearby landfill is captured and processed by Renovar Shreveport LLC, then transported to GM via a seven-mile pipeline. Landfill gas is one-third of the total energy used at the facility. GM plants in Toledo; Orion, Mich.; and Fort Wayne, Ind. Also use landfill gas; a fifth project is underway at a GM plant in Oklahoma City...Read More »



Marshall County, Ala. Residents Seek To Force State To Clean Landfill

Residents of Marshall County, Ala. are planning to file suit against the Alabama Department of Environmental Management over the Bishop Landfill in Pleasant Grove. The residents had fought for almost a decade to get the landfill closed; the ADEM closed it in 2002, but the owner left the property unremediated. Under current state law, ADEM cannot force the landowner to clean it up, and residents want the state to take responsibility...Read More »


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