EPA Settles with Parties on Puerto Rico Landfill Issues

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

June 4, 2014

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EPA Settles with Parties on Puerto Rico Landfill Issues

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has settled with private and public officials to resolve air pollution issues at the landfill in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

The landfill’s owners and operators have agreed to make upgrades to the landfill that will protect the health of area residents and an adjacent wetland and national reserve. The EPA’s settled with Landfill Technologies of Arecibo, the city of Arecibo and the Puerto Rico Land Authority for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, according to a news release.

Under the agreement, Landfill Technologies and Arecibo will fund and implement a recycling program in the city and continue to collect and treat non-methane compounds from its landfill gas collection system.

In addition, Landfill Technologies will pay a $250,000 penalty and the Puerto Rico Land Authority and Arecibo will each pay $50,000 in penalties.

"Like many communities throughout Puerto Rico, Arecibo has a solid waste crisis," said Judith Enck, EPA regional administrator. "Too much waste is generated and not enough is being composted or recycled. With this agreement, less waste will be landfilled, protecting the environment and the health of area residents.”


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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