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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

DEP Announces $10,000 Civil Penalty to Settle County Landfill Violations in Clarion County

DEP Announces $10,000 Civil Penalty

Meadville – Under a settlement agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection, County Landfill Inc. has paid a $10,000 penalty for failing to promptly correct problems with the landfill gas collection system at its facility in Farmington Township, Clarion County.

During routine inspections from Nov. 6, 2008, to June 3, 2009, DEP detected gas odors around two pump stations at the landfill. The landfill stopped accepting trash in June 2008 and began closing activities under an approved closure plan.

“The responsibilities associated with owning a landfill do not come to an end when the landfill is no longer active,” said DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch. “An owner has an ongoing obligation to monitor the facility, comply with the landfill closure plan, and promptly correct any problem that emerges.”

After DEP inspectors noted the odor problem in 2008, County Landfill failed to take prompt action to correct it. DEP issued a notice of violation on June 26, 2009, citing violation of the Solid Waste Management Act.

The landfill has since corrected the problem by repairing the gas collection system.

The $10,000 penalty was paid into the state’s Solid Waste Abatement Fund, which finances cleanups of illegal dumps and other hazards to public health.

For more information on waste management regulations, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: Waste management.

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