August 13, 2001 Issue

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Opinion Poll


- Federal Appeals Court Upholds Flow Control Issue

- EPA To Review Diesel Sulfur Rules

- Republic Services Sells $450 Million in Notes

- Waste Management Reports Fiscal Results

- Pennsylvania DEP Funds Composting Certification Program

- Casella Sells Subsidiary, Announces Restructuring

Newsbriefs: Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances, etc. Events

Highlights from Waste Age’s August issue

Don’t miss out on this year’s Waste Age 100! For details, visit: Waste Age 100


Do you agree with the recent court decision to allow two New York counties to use flow control to direct waste into their facilities because they are publicly owned rather than privately owned?

a) yes; b) no; c) other

E-mail your comments to [email protected].

All comments are subject to publication. Please include your name, city, state and company.


If the Environmental Protection Agency were part of the Cabinet, would it give the agency more power or only represent more status?

You said: 40 percent, power; 20 percent, status; 40 percent; both

"I think Cabinet status is motivated by ego - the new bureaucracy that goes with Cabinet rank would just further weigh EPA down."

- Chaz Miller, Environmental Industry Associations, Washington, D.C.

"Probably more status but no more power. Maybe even less power because it is closer to the President than an independent regulatory agency. As an employee of the EPA, I think it would help us in the long-run."

- Garmon Smith, U.S. EPA, Ada, Okla.


Federal Appeals Court Upholds Flow Control Issue

New York - The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a prior federal district court decision, ruling that New York's Oneida and Herkimer counties' flow control rules are exempt from the Commerce Clause because the counties designated a publicly owned waste disposal facility. The decision was handed back to the federal district court, where it originally was supported by the 1994 U.S. Supreme Court decision, C&Carbone v. Town of Clarkstown, which ruled that flow control is prohibited.

EPA To Review Diesel Sulfur Rules

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that the Bush administration will create a panel of automakers, oil refiners, environmental groups and other experts to re-examine Clean Air Act standards that limit sulfur content in diesel fuel. The plan, according to the EPA, is to slightly adjust the current implementation schedule that requires a 20-fold sulfur reduction by 2006.

Republic Services Sells $450 Million in Notes

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Republic Services Inc. has sold $450 million in 10-year notes, according to joint book manager Banc of America Securities LLC.

Waste Management Reports Fiscal Results

Houston - Waste Management Inc. has reported net income of $191 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2001, compared with net income of $300,000 for the same quarter last year. Revenue for the quarter was $2.92 billion, compared with revenue of $3.27 billion for the same quarter last year.

Pennsylvania DEP Funds Composting Certification Program

Grantville, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will invest $300,000 in the Composting Infrastructure Development Grant, a pilot grant program designed to increase the state's yard and food waste composting programs.

Casella Sells Subsidiary, Announces Restructuring

Rutland, Vt. - Casella Waste Systems Inc. has named James W. Bohlig president and COO and Charles Leonard senior vice president of solid waste operations. Jerry Cifor will resign as CFO, and Ross Pirasteh, chairman of the board, and Marty Sergi, an executive vice president and board member, have resigned. The company also has sold its Timber Energy Resources Inc. subsidiary, which includes a biomass incinerator in Telogia, Fla., and a wood-chipping facility in Cairo, Ga.

NEWSBRIEFS: Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances, etc.


- Becker Underwood Inc., Ames, Iowa, has purchased Wood’n Colors, Elkhart, Ind.

- Camp Dresser and McKee (CDM) Inc., Cambridge, Mass., has expanded into Europe with the acquisition of BRP Consult GmbH, an environmental technology project management firm headquartered in Braunschweig, Germany.


- Komatsu America International Co., Vernon Hills, Ill., and Qualcomm Wireless

Business Solutions, San Diego, have announced an agreement to provide Web-based information and network service solutions for construction equipment asset tracking on Komatsu’s Komtrax system.


-, Tempe, Ariz., has appointed Environmental Support Solutions (, Ketchum, Idaho, as its environmental compliance expert.

- J.J. Keller &Associates Inc., Neenah, Wis., has partnered with the National Paint &Coating Association (NPCA), Washington, D.C., to become the exclusive provider of the NPCA’s Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) products and services.


- The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR), Arlington, Va., has awarded Unilever Personal Home and Personal Care USA, New York, N.Y., its Creative Use award for using post-consumer plastic resin in its plastic product bottles and for donating 100 percent recycled plastic lumber to 55 national parks and playgrounds.

Call for Applications

- The Solid Wastes Association of North America (SWANA) is accepting applications for the 2001 Christmas Tree Recycling Awards. Visit SWANA’s website at for more information.


Sept. 12-13, 2001

North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Symposium

Grand Forks, N.D. Contact: Angela Schneider. Phone: (701) 298-6944. E-mail: [email protected]

Sept. 16-18, 2001

SWANA Annual Joint Fall Forum

Orange Beach, Ala. Contact: Alabama Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), P.O. Box 11628, Montgomery, Ala. 36111. Phone: (334) 260-7970. Fax: (334) 272-7128.

Sept. 19-21, 2001

"21st Century: A Zero Waste Fantasy?" Waste Reduction Conference

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Contact: Recycling Council of Alberta. Phone: (403) 843-6563. E-mail: [email protected]

Sept. 19-21, 2001

National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) Southeast Chapter

Annual Meeting

Miami. Contact: Cathy Maimon, meetings department. Phone toll-free: (800) 424-2869. E-mail: [email protected]

Sept. 23-25, 2001

2001 N.Y. Solid Waste Fall Conference

Callicoon, N.Y. Contact: Eric Swenson, The New York State Association for Solid Waste Management, 150 Miller Place, Syosset, N.Y. 11791. Phone: (516) 677-5790. Fax: (516) 677-5875.

Sept. 25-26, 2001

ASTM Training Course, Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

Baltimore, Md. Contact: Eileen Finn, ASTM, West Conshohocken, Pa. Phone: (610) 832-9686. Fax: (610) 832-9668. Website:

Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2001

20th Annual National Recycling Congress (NRC) and Exposition

Seattle. Register online at NRC’s website:

Oct. 1-5, 2001

Waste Management and Landfill Symposium

Sardinia, Italy. Contact: EuroWaste Srl, Via Altinate 96, 35121, Padova, Italy. Phone: 39-049-663860. Fax: 39-049-663960. E-mail: [email protected]

Oct. 2-4, 2001

TASWER Third Annual Conference

Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Contact: Nakita McNeil, Tribal Association on Solid Waste and Emergency Response (TASWER), 1001 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: (202) 331-8084, ext. 222. E-mail: [email protected] Website:

Oct. 4-6, 2001

26th Annual Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Members Conference

St. Louis. Contact: The Deep Foundations Institute, 120 Charlotte Place, Third Floor, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 07632. Phone: (201) 567-4232. Fax: (201) 567-4436. Email: [email protected] Website:

October 8-10, 2001

National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter Annual Meeting

Contact: Cathy Maimon, meetings department. Phone Toll-Free: (800) 424-2869.

Oct. 15-18, 2001

WASTECON 2001: A Waste Odyssey, SWANA’s 39th Annual Solid Waste Exposition

Baltimore. Contact: Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), P.O. Box 7219, Silver Spring, Md. 20907-7219. Phone: (301) 589-7068. Fax: (301) 585-0297. Website:



- Good Wood Gone Bad: The effects of arsenic leaching from CCA-treated wood are creating very real concerns for the waste industry.

- 2002 Buyers’ Guide: Waste Age’s annual listing of products, truck equipment and suppliers.

- Feedstock or Famine: MRF managers speak out about the issues affecting their recycling operations.

- Putting on the Pounds: Whether you use a heavier machine or a special option that’s been spec’d, your landfill compactor must minimize airspace. Business Trends:

- Don’t Get Stung by Severance Deals

- South Carolina Lessens Dorm Dumping

- Preventing a Risk Management Free-Fall Business Briefs:

- Congress Eyes Possible Quotas on Steel Imports

- Small Businesses May Be Exempt from Cleanup Liability

- Landfill Gas Helps Chicago Go "Green"


- Profiles in Garbage: Aseptic Boxes, Milk Cartons, by Chaz Miller

- Circular File: Turn Down the Volume, by Chaz Miller

- EIA: Regulating Isolated Wetlands, by Alice P. Jacobsohn

- Legal: Un-Happy Gilmore, by Barry Shanoff