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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

DEP FINDS 10 TRASH TRUCKS VIOLATING STATE WASTE LAWS IN NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA

No Violations In McKean County
MEADVILLE – The Department of Environmental Protection cited 10 trucks for operational and safety violations discovered during recent inspections at three landfills and one municipal waste transfer station in the state’s northwest region.

The inspections were conducted on Sept. 24 at Lake View Landfill, Erie County; Seneca Landfill, Butler County; McKean County Landfill, McKean County; and Tri-County Waste Transfer Station, Mercer County.

“Our inspections underscore the priority we give to ensuring that trash trucks operating on Pennsylvania highways are safe and in compliance with environmental regulations,” said DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch. “We have conducted thousands of trash truck inspections over the past several years because we want to get unsafe trash trucks off the highways.”

The DEP regional staff inspected a total of 404 trucks and found the following:

• Lake View Landfill—144 trucks inspected, two trucks with violations;

• Seneca Landfill—214 trucks inspected, seven trucks with violations;

• McKean County Landfill— seven trucks inspected, none with violations; and

• Tri-County Waste Transfer Station—39 trucks inspected, one truck with violations.

All of the violations were against haulers, not the landfills or the transfer station.

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

In addition to checking the Act 90 authorization, DEP inspectors also look for fire extinguisher and sign violations; drivers not properly managing waste during transportation; 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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