Weekly News Bulletin: Dec. 4-10, 2006


Waste Management Abandons Plans To Expand Bradley Landfill

Waste Management has abandoned plans to expand the Bradley Landfill in Sun Valley and instead will pursue plans for a 100,000-square-foot transfer and recycling center in the San Fernando Valley. Community leaders see positives in recent Waste Management community involvement but are waiting to see the final plans before taking a stand on the transfer center...Read More »



Pennsylvania State Supreme Court Rules Against Recycling Admin Fees

The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court has put an end to "administrative fees" charged by more than half of the state's 67 counties to help pay for recycling programs. The ruling is the result of a 2002 lawsuit filed in Lycoming County by the Pennsylvania Independent Waste Haulers Association. Lycoming County Judge Dudley N. Anderson agreed with the Association that the fees were a hidden tax and were pre-empted by the state's Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act. There are concerns that the ruling will hurt the smaller and moderately sized counties that depend on supplemental fees to cover the costs of rural drop-off sites and special programs...Read More »



Task Force Seeks Changes in Rules for NC Hazardous Waste Sites

A task force created after the massive chemical fire in Apex, North Carolina recommended that companies which store hazardous waste be required to better inform local emergency officials about chemicals housed on site...Read More »



EPA Drops Plan to Ease Pollution Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency has abandoned the idea of relieving the burden on companies required to file toxic release inventory (TRI) reports by reducing the requirement to every other year instead of annually. It is going ahead, however, with a plan to allow many of those who do so now to escape any further TRI reporting requirement...Read More »



EPA Assistance Center Helps Importers & Exporters of Regulated Materials

Anyone involved in shipping regulated materials across borders can go to a new web-based EPA-sponsored Compliance Assistance Center for help in complying with environmental laws. The border center's new chemical import-export issues web site provides information for importing and exporting a variety of chemicals, including toxic substances and hazardous waste...Read More »



SPSA Faces $4 Million Shortfall This Year

The Southeastern Public Service Authority, a Virginia regional trash authority, faces a $4 million shortfall this year. This year SPSA has been sued by Chesapeake, and lost a $2 million contract with Bay Disposal. Among many remedies, SPSA intends to sell "green energy" credits that it earns from converting trash to steam and electricity at a power plant in Portsmouth, and will impose a hiring freeze, stop out-of-state travel, take other cost-saving steps and accept more contaminated soils...Read More »



Connecticut Attorney General Urges CRRA to Settle Lawsuit

The Connecticut state attorney general is urging the regional trash authority, the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, to use a mediator and resume talks to settle a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by 70 communities...Read More »



Environmental Industry Associations Elects Michael Paine as Chairman

The Environmental Industry Associations has appointed Michael R. Paine, President of Paine's, Inc. (East Granby, Conn.) to Chairman to its Board of Trustees beginning on January 1, 2007. Paine has been a long time member of the board and is creditied for helping to grow the association's membership. He hails from a family business started by his grandfather in 1929...Read More »



Stock Exchange Bellweather Reflects Industry's Growth

Van Eck Global reports that the Amex Environmental Services Index (AXENV) rose 4.80 percent in November and has gained 31.18 percent over the 11 months ending November 30, 2006. The AXENV is a modified equal-dollar-weighted index that is comprised of publicly traded companies involved in waste management and related activities. Almost all of the represented companies have reported strong financials of late resulting from positive pricing and volume growth...Read More »



Cleanup of World War II Bombing Range near Albuquerque to Cost $22 Million

Federal officials estimate the cost to clean up an old World War II bombing range west of Albuquerque, NM to be as high as $22 million. According to a report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, $9 million would be needed immediately to clean up the most hazardous areas especially since "the city is developing right over the top of the target," said David Henry, a geologist for the Army Corps. "That's the hazard. That's within the next five years."...Read More »



Casella Waste Systems to Host Conference Call on 2Q Results

Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CWST) will host a conference call on Thursday, December 7, 2006 to discuss financial results for its second quarter (fiscal 2007) which ended October 31, 2006...Read More »


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