Weekly News Bulletin: Jan. 20-26, 2005


Pennsylvania Colleges, EPA Sign Self-Audit Agreement

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has signed a self-audit/self-disclosure agreement with the federal EPA and the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania to encourage voluntary disclosure of environmental violations found during audits at member schools. The organizations hope to encourage schools to develop Environmental Management Systems, a method of managing environmental responsibilities that can help identify ways to reduce and prevent pollution and comply with regulatory requirements...Read More »



Air Force, Tennessee Governments at Odds Over Landfill Cleanup

The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the Air Force, has filed a civil suit against Tennessee's Coffee County and the cities of Manchester and Tullahoma for the cleanup of a landfill on Air Force property. According to the suit, the Air Force has spent at least $9 million in cleanup and seeks restitution for the work done at the Arnold Air Force Base. The liability issue has dominated talks between the Air Force and local governments since the landfill shut down sixteen years ago...Read More »



Small Georgia County Wins Victory in Landfill Development Fight

A Fulton County (Ga.) Superior Court judge has sided with Taliaferro County (web.infoave.net/&taliaferro) in a ruling denying Atlanta-based Complex Environmental Inc. the right to build an 820-acre landfill in the city. The county had been fighting the landfill for more than a year; in October 2003, three county commissioners actually spent several hours in jail for refusing to comply with a judge's order to acknowledge that the landfill complied with the county's zoning regulations. The state Environmental Protection Division has determined that the proposed site is suitable for hosting a landfill...Read More »



Ohio Attorney General Seeks Details on Envirosafe Corporate Structure

The Ohio Attorney General's Office is attempting to get more details about the ownership of the Envirosafe hazardous waste landfill in Oregon, Ohio, using secrecy provisions to obtain documents and financial statements on Envirosafe's net worth dating to 2001. The information would not be available to citizens under the state public records law. The background investigation, state officials said, is to ensure that the owners and operators are competent and capable of running a hazardous waste landfill. Envirosafe officials countered that the state has all the information it needs...Read More »



Iowa Cities Work To Resolve Landfill Expansion Dispute

The Cedar Rapids/Linn County (Iowa) Solid Waste Agency (a.k.a. Bluestem) has agreed to join in mediation to attempt to resolve a legal dispute with the city of Marion over the expansion of the city's landfill. Marion had earlier agreed to the expansion, designed to end the debate on the expansion...Read More »



Virginia County Settles With Landfill Company

The Page County (Va.) Board of Supervisors (www.co.page.va.us) has approved a settlement that would end six years of private ownership of its landfill. Under the settlement, the supervisors would pay $8.5 million for the Battle Creek Landfill and would end all litigation with National Waste Services of Virginia. The company went bankrupt last year when the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (www.deq.state.va.us) shut it down for taking in too much waste...Read More »


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