Weekly News Bulletin: Sep. 22-28, 2004


Pennsylvania Waives Landfill Fees For Storm Cleanup

Seeking to speed cleanup efforts in the wake of hurricane-induced flooding, Pennsylvania is waiving state fees charged to landfill operators who accept flood debris. The waiver, which includes fees the state charges for its Growing Greener program, will remain in effect for two weeks, or until the state has a handle on the debris problem...Read More »



Hawaii Waste Could Head To Pacific Northwest

Landfills in Idaho and Washington State are seeking to barge Honolulu's waste to their landfills. Idaho Waste Systems of Boise, Id (www.idahowaste.com). And Pacific Rim Environmental Resources of Seattle (www.rossmgt.com/pacific/pacific.htm) have proposed shipping shrink-wrapped waste across the ocean. The island of Oahu produces about 1.6 million tons of MSW per year where about 300,000 tons is landfilled...Read More »



Atlanta Looks For Disposal Alternatives With Landfill Closing

The city of Atlanta is about to lose access to its major landfill, and will have to figure out how to dispose of 250,000 tons of waste each year. A state court order has mandated that Waste Management's Live Oak Landfill in DeKalb County must close by Dec. 1. The city will rely on transfer stations for the next three to five years...Read More »



Construction Kicks Off On Arizona-Mexico Border Landfill

Construction has begun on a multimillion-dollar landfill in the Mexican border city of San Luis Rio Colorado near Yuma, Ariz. The landfill is being financed partly by a $1 million loan and a $500,000 grant from the North American Development Bank (www.nadbank.org), and will replace an open-air dump that potentially threatened both sides of the border...Read More »



Study Finds Contamination In N.J. Meadowlands Landfill Site

A study by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission has found that contaminants leaking from the defunct Keegan Landfill in Kearny, N.J. threaten what was once called "the best freshwater marsh in New Jersey" by the Audubon Society. The study was intended to determine the site's suitability for warehouses, but contaminants at the site scuttled the plan. Keegan is one of 10 landfills in the 30-square-mile Meadowlands region...Read More »



Pennsylvania Fines Westmoreland County Landfill

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has ordered the Greenridge Reclamation Landfill in Westmoreland County to pay a $205,000 civil penalty for violations including failure to control odors. State officials began documenting odor issues at the landfill in early 2003, and later began receiving complaints. According to the state, Greenridge also failed to install radiation equipment on schedule, and failed to adequately train its employees in performing radiation monitoring procedures...Read More »


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