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Articles from 2005 In November

County officials seek state grant to fund landfill study

The Cumberland County Improvement Authority, located in New Jersey, is hoping to receive a state grant to fund a study that will determine the best way to increase the life of a local landfill. According to an article in The Daily Journal, the $5.5 million project, which officials hope will be funded by the state Department of Environmental Protection, will test two sites to observe different decomposition processes. The proposed plan would keep the landfill open for at least 10 years past its scheduled 2017 closing date, the paper says.

Bond issue approved for Los Angeles County landfill improvements

Los Angeles County officials approved a $40 million bond issue for improvements and expansion of the Calabasas Landfill. According to an article in the Los Angeles Daily News, improvements will be made to the landfill to protect the groundwater and prepare undeveloped areas for future use. John Gulledge, head of the Solid Waste Management Department at the County Sanitation Districts, told the paper there are not any current problems associated with the landfill; however, the improvements are to prepare for problems that may arise in the future.

Ind. Department of Environmental Management finds waste violations at recycling center

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has stopped a northern Indiana recycling center from receiving solid waste materials, according to the Associated Press (AP). Inspections of Austgen Recycling Inc., revealed that the site appeared to be operating as a dumpsite rather than a recycling center. The five-acre site was found littered with plastic, cardboard, tires and other solid waste materials, the AP reports. The president of the recycling facility was ordered to halt solid waste dumping and to haul the waste to a solid waste management facility within 60 days.

Agency investigating itself over possible landfill violations

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), St. Paul, Minn., is investigating possible violations of the organization’s rules at a landfill in Winona, Minn. According to the Associated Press, the MPCA plans to determine if it excavated the landfill before it took the required measures to ensure rain would not wash away the soil. The organization is excavating the 35-acre site, which closed in 1998, to line older portions to prevent leachate from entering the groundwater.

Judge Dismisses Suit Against EPA's RD&D Rule

A federal appeals court has dismissed an environmental group’s challenge of the Washington-based Environmental Protection Agency’s Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Rule. The rule allows state directors of federally approved municipal solid waste landfill permit programs to issue RD&D permits to landfills to conduct research and development on bioreactor landfills.

Chief Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed the Madison, Wis.-based GrassRoots Recycling Network’s (GRRN) lawsuit after determining that the organization did not have the standing to seek a review of the rule.

In 2004, the National Solid Wastes Management Association, Washington, and the Solid Waste Association of North America, Silver Spring, Md., filed a joint amicus brief in the case supporting the RD&D rule.

Ohio officials propose halt on landfill expansions

Concern over groundwater pollution has caused two Ohio state legislators to propose a stop to new and expanded landfills in 13 counties. According to an article published in the Akron Beacon Journal, state Sen. J. Kirk Schuring and state Rep. W. Scott Oelslager’s proposed moratorium would apply to new or expanding solid waste landfill proposals that were not submitted to the state Environmental Protection Agency by early last month. The Schuring-Oelslager legislation will also apply to landfills that accept construction and demolition debris.

The U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va., plans to conduct a study of aquifers and surface water to determine if the landfills have caused the groundwater pollution, the paper says. Interest from tipping fees will fund the initial $374,000 cost for the study, which could take up to five years to complete. In addition, another $1,455,000 may be needed to complete the study, the paper reports.

Former landfill becomes temporary collection site for hurricane debris

A shooting range in Raceland, La., is currently being used as a temporary staging area for hurricane debris. According to an article published in the Houma Courier, the range, which was a landfill in the 1970s and 1980s, is now used as a recycling center and burial site for unusable materials. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, is also utilizing the site to collect household hazardous wastes. In addition, Lafourche Parish is using the site for tire disposal.

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Waste Industries USA Inc. announces acquisitions

Raleigh, N.C.-based Waste Industries USA, Inc., a non-hazardous solid waste services company has announced acquisitions in Georgia, Virginia and Tennessee. The firm says the acquisitions will produce $20 million in annual revenue. The company has acquired Southern Disposal, Inc., which provides waste services in the western Atlanta suburbs. Waste Industries also acquired several residential routes in Gwinnett County, Ga., from Advanced Disposal LLC. In Virginia, the company acquired Lusk Disposal Inc. The firm also purchased a portion of Nashville, Tenn.-based Icon Waste Haulers’ industrial solid waste services.