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Friday, August 28, 2009

DEP FINDS FIVE TRASH HAULERS VIOLATING STATE WASTE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY LAWS

Inspection Conducted at Potter County Transfer Station

WILLIAMSPORT – Department of Environmental Protection staff recently found 6 operational and safety violations on five trucks during a transfer station inspection on Aug. 26 at the Potter County Transfer Station in Ulysses Township.

“We made this inspection a priority to help improve compliance with DEP’s environmental regulations and state traffic safety laws,” DEP Regional Director Robert Yowell said. “We have conducted thousands of trash truck inspections over the past several years because we want to get unsafe trash trucks off the highways.”

DEP staff inspected 20 trucks and discovered five trucks that had six violations. DEP inspectors found two violations for not having proper signs, two violations for no daily operational log, one violation for no fire extinguisher, and one violation for a leaking load. All of the violations were against haulers, not the transfer station.

Trash haulers must obtain authorization from DEP through Act 90—the state’s Waste Transportation Safety Act—to haul trash in Pennsylvania. DEP inspectors look at compliance history and may revoke authorization to transport waste if outstanding violations exist or there is an inability to comply with Act 90 regulations.

In addition to checking the Act 90 authorization, DEP inspectors look for fire extinguisher and sign violations, drivers not properly managing waste during transport, leaking loads, improper covers over the waste, trucks that are overweight or otherwise overloaded, and log book or record-keeping violations.

For more information on the inspections, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Trash Trucks.

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