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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

DEP Finds 12 Trash Haulers Violating State Waste Transportation Safety Laws in Clinton County

Clinton County
Williamsport – Department of Environmental Protection staff recently found 19 operational and safety violations on 12 trucks during a landfill inspection on Nov. 4 and 5 at the Wayne Township Landfill in Clinton County.

“We made this inspection a priority to help improve compliance with DEP’s environmental regulations and state traffic safety laws,” said DEP Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell. “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 regional staff inspected 108 trucks and discovered 19 violations among 12 trucks. DEP inspectors found five violations for not having proper signs; three violations for no daily operational log; three violations for a leaking load; three violations for transporting residual waste with no preparedness, prevention and contingency plan; two violations for waste not properly enclosed; one violation for having no fire extinguisher on board; one violation for transporting residual waste with no safety equipment; and one violation for an overweight vehicle.

All of the violations were against haulers, not the landfill.

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, call 570-327-3659 or visit www.depweb.state.pa.us keyword: Trash trucks.

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