Oct. 12, 2001 Issue


Opinion Poll


- IT Group Awarded Contract Extension for Fresh Kills

- Volvo and Komatsu Begin Talks on Construction Equipment

- Waste Management Settles Lawsuits

- Allied Waste Q3 Net Income, Revenues Drop

- Pennsylvania Counties Clean Up More Than 3.2 Million Tires

Newsbriefs: Announcements, Awards, etc.


Highlights from Waste Age's November issue



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Do you believe the waste industry should take steps to prepare their facilities for exposure to anthrax or other biological agents?

a) yes b) somewhat c) no d) other

E-mail your comments to: mailto:[email protected] All comments are subject to publication. Please include your name, city, state and company.


Do you believe the EPA should use the existing scientific model to calculate emission benefits from diesel fuel parameters, or should the EPA develop a new model based on tests of current engines and future engine technologies? You said: 100 percent, develop new model


IT Group Awarded Contract Extension for Fresh Kills Pittsburgh -- The IT Group Inc. has received a two-year, $13.4 million contract extension from the New York Department of Sanitation to continue with the Fresh Kills leachate mitigation system project. Work includes engineering design, long-term environmental and facility monitoring, and work on the closure and post-closure of the landfill as debris from the World Trade Center disaster continues to arrive.

Volvo and Komatsu Begin Talks on Construction Equipment Stockholm, Sweden -- Volvo Construction Equipment, Asheville, N.C., and Komatsu Ltd., Tokyo, have begun discussions to develop construction equipment components. Outcomes from the discussions are expected by the middle of next year.

Waste Management Settles Lawsuits

Houston -- Waste Management Inc. has agreed to pay $457 million to settle a class-action lawsuit claiming that its executives misled investors about the company's finances two years ago to drive up the stock price. The settlement still must be approved by the Southern District of Texas federal court, which could take up to 6 months.

The company also has settled a lawsuit with Arthur Andersen, Chicago. Andersen has agreed to pay Waste Management $20 million related to a lawsuit brought by the company's shareholders in Texas court in July, accusing Andersen of engaging in professional malpractice activities.

Allied Waste Q3 Net Income, Revenues Drop

Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Allied Waste Industries Inc. has reported adjusted third-quarter 2001 net income of $24.6 million, compared with adjusted net income of $51.3 million for the same quarter last year. The company also has reported $1.41 billion in revenues, compared with $1.47 billion in revenues for the same quarter last year.

Pennsylvania Counties Clean Up More Than 3.2 Million Tires

Harrisburg, Pa. -- Volunteers in three Pennsylvania counties recently helped clean up more than 3.2 million waste tires.

In Bucks County, Gemstar pile project volunteers removed more than 1.7 million tires through a $1.5 million Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant. In Carbon County, Carbon Services Corp. was given a $1 million grant to clean up approximately 1.2 million tires from the S&R Recycling tire pile in Blair County. And in Berks County, the Recycling Environmental Group of Bloomsburg, Columbia County, was awarded a $868,000 grant by the DEP to clean up about 300,000 tires.

The DEP awards $3 million annually in grants to clean up illegal tire piles throughout the state. Since 1995, the state has cleaned up more than 21 million stockpiled tires.

For more information, visit the DEP at http://www.dep.state.pa.us (directLINK "tires").

NEWSBRIEFS: Announcements, Awards, etc.


- Production of the 2 millionth diesel engine to be produced by Consolidated Diesel Co. (CDC), Whitakers, N.C., a joint venture between Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind. and Case Corp., Racine, Wis., has begun.

- Andrew Trenholm, a chemical engineer with Midwest Research Institute (MRI), Kansas City, has been selected to head a committee to select the winner of the J. Deane Sensenbaugh Award to recognize outstanding achievements in waste management and air pollution, administered by the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA), Pittsburgh.


- The Environmental Industry Associations (EIA), Washington, D.C., was selected as one of the first 100 models for the Center for Association Leadership's Innovation & Excellence Project, a program of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives. The award was given for the EIA's successful reorganization several years ago.


- Peterbilt Motors Co., Denton, Texas, has teamed with its Grove City, Ohio-based Columbus Peterbilt dealership to provide the city of Columbus Service Department with technician training on the electrical system of the municipality's fleet of 150 Peterbilt low cab forward Model 320s.


November 28-29, 2001 Business Energy Solutions Expo Orlando, Fla. Contact: The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Fax: (770) 381-9865. Website: http://www.aeecenter.org/bese.

November 30, 2001

Take It Back! Global Packaging Mandates: How to Design for Environment and Save Money

Las Vegas. Contact: Michele Raymond, Raymond Communications. Phone: (301) 345-4237. Fax: (301) 345-4768. E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.raymond.com/conference/index.html.

December 3-6, 2001 14th International Conference on Site Remediation and Environmental Management

Orlando, Fla. Contact: Paul Reneau, Gas Technology Institute (GTI), 1700 South Mount Prospect Road, Des Plaines, Ill. 60018-1804. Phone: (847) 768-0780. Fax: (847) 768-0501. mailto:[email protected]

December 4-7, 2001

17th Annual Pollutec International Exhibition of Environment Equipment, Technologies and Service for Industry

Paris-Nord Villepinte, France. Contact: Emmanuelle Cade, International Trade Exhibitions in France Inc., 1611 North Kent Street, Suite 903, Arlington, Va. 22209. Phone toll-free: (888) 522-5001. Fax: (703) 522-5005. mailto:[email protected] Website: http://www.pollutec.com.


- A Superior Integration: The nation's fourth-largest waste company has succeeded by building its foundation from the ground up.

- Turning Over New Leaves: Government initiatives are turning the composting business like a windrow, creating the possibility for substantial industry growth.

- Subtitle D: How have we coped with the landfill regulation as it turns 10 this year?

Business Trends:

- Cash Is King

- Seattle Struts Its Construction Recycling Stuff

-Now Showing: Accounting Sleuths Detect Fraud

Business Briefs:

- Waste Industry, Others Help with Cleanup at World Trade Center Site

- King George County Landfill Chosen for Pentagon Debris

- NSWMA Urges Supreme Court To Reconsider Flow Control Decision


- Profiles in Garbage: Office Paper, by Chaz Miller

- Circular File: Garbage In, Data Out, by Chaz Miller

- EIA: EPA & EREF Measure Mercury Emissions, by Alice P. Jacobsohn

- Legal: Interloper Interdicted, by Barry Shanoff