Source: Star-Ledger (NJ), November 16, 2013
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A Superior Court judge has ruled that the owners of the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury are responsible for all “recoverable costs” associated with the closure of the facility.
The order by Judge Thomas Manahan, written Thursday and released yesterday in Morristown, finds that the landfill owner, Strategic Environmental Partners, violated terms of the consent order that allowed the landfill to reopen.
But the judge’s ruling does not specify an amount. It says a hearing must be scheduled within 45 days to determine the costs Strategic would pay to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The DEP seized the landfill in June after thousands of complaints about rotten-egg-like, hydrogen sulfide odors and associated health problems. The agency is expected to submit a figure that would reimburse the state for the cleanup and closure costs.
But in a hearing yesterday, Manahan held out hope the DEP and Strategic can make “some attempt at resolution.” The agency and company are battling each other in state and federal courts in a total of eight civil cases in which the issues frequently overlap.
Strategic “may be somewhat under the gun financially,” the judge said, adding that the “multi-million-dollar expenses” needed for the cleanup and closure might be paid more easily if there were a settlement of the litigation.
Manahan’s ruling also terminated the consent order that permitted the landfill’s reopening in 2011 with plans to cap it with additional debris, close it and build a solar facility there. The landfill had been closed since 1977.…
Source: http://www.courierpostonline.com, September 17, 2013
By: Jim Walsh
A legal agreement is providing $1 million toward cleanup costs for a polluted landfill in Voorhees.
Under terms of a consent order, General Electric Co. will pay $255,000 to a state agency for costs incurred at the former Buzby Brothers Landfill. In addition, $245,000 will come from five local towns — Berlin Borough, Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Haddon Township and Voorhees — and two firms that dumped waste at the Centennial Boulevard site.
The consent order settles a lawsuit filed in 2007 by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The agency sought reimbursement for work intended to remove volatile organic chemicals, metals and other pollutants from the 57-acre site.
The landfill operated from 1966 to 1978 on land leased from GE. The site now is owned by Voorhees Township.
The DEP since 2005 has restricted the use of groundwater within a 144-acre site that includes the landfill.
General Electric in 2003 agreed to remediate the site, in part by capping the landfill. After the DEP took it to court over cleanup costs and environmental damages, GE in turn sued the five municipalities and two firms, Weyerhaeuser Co. and Quaker Chemical Corp.
Each of those “third-party” defendants agreed to pay $35,000 under the consent order, which was posted at a DEP website in mid-August.
In January 2011, three other firms that dumped at the site agreed to pay more than $400,000 to settle claims against them. Those funds came from Rohm and Haas Co., Sherwin-Williams Co. and the former M.A. Bruder (MAB) and Sons Inc.
The 2011 payments went toward the purchase of open space outside Voorhees, including two sites in Salem County, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The companies have admitted to no liability for pollution under terms of the consent orders.…
Source: Bangor Daily News, July 26, 2013
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The Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Friday continued to oversee the cleanup of 200-225 gallons of home heating oil that spilled Wednesday on Higgins Road.
West Bath firefighters were called Wednesday afternoon to 44 Higgins Road, where homeowners reported the oil spill.
Ann Hemenway of the DEP’s Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management, who is overseeing the cleanup effort, responded to the site at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
She said Friday that when she arrived, firefighters had positioned the tank so it was no longer leaking, and had placed absorbent pads on the ground, “but the oil had sunk into the ground pretty quickly.”
Hemenway said the wooden “cradle” that had held the home heating oil “just gave way,” spilling the oil out onto the hilly property.
“Some actually flowed down the driveway, and some soaked into the ground onto the bedrock,” she said. Although a stream sits farther down the hill, Hemenway said no oil escaped into the stream — or the adjacent lily pond — because contractors dug a trench in the driveway to collect it.
Workers for Boom Technology of Gorham, contracted by the DEP, spent Thursday and Friday morning excavating contaminated soil and taking it to a disposal facility in Scarborough, but that facility is closed on the weekend, Hemenway said, so the crew was hurrying to clean up the remainder of the spill by the end of the day Friday.
Hemenway estimated the cleanup would cost approximately $10,000. The homeowners — whose name was not available — will pay a deductible, but the remainder will be covered by a state fund to clean up such home heating oil spills, she said.
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Source: Knoxville News-Sentinel, January 30, 2013
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A Norfolk Southern Corp. contractor dumped hazardous waste at a Scott County landfill in December, and now the company is working to clean up the mess and move the soil to an appropriate location, according to state officials.
Shannon Ashford, a communications officer with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said that on Jan. 3 it was discovered that Domermuth Environmental Services, a contractor responsible for transporting nonhazardous soil to Volunteer Regional Landfill in Oneida, Tenn., had “accidentally transported and disposed of the hazardous waste soil pile” from the Coster Shop site in Knoxville, where Norfolk Southern’s bulk transfer facility is under construction.
Ashford said the disposal of about 275 cubic yards of soil with hazardous constituents, namely tetrachloroethylene, took place between Dec. 26-28.
Ashford said the contamination was discovered at the landfill by a second Norfolk Southern contractor — AMEC — when a stormwater sediment basin was excavated.
Susan Terpay, a spokeswoman with Norfolk Southern, said the mistake was made because of “a miscommunication between a consultant and contractor.”
“As soon as we were made aware of it, we alerted the authorities and we have a work plan to begin remediation, which is under way,” she said.
Ashford said Norfolk Southern plans to dig the contaminated soil out of the cell and segregate it for disposal at a permitted site.
Ashford said staff in TDEC’s Division of Solid Waste Management’s enforcement section “continues to assess the incident” and will make the decision regarding if/when to assess a fine or penalty.
She said TDEC has not received any reports of health problems from the hazardous waste.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website, tetrachloroethylene is widely used for dry-cleaning fabrics and metal degreasing operations. Acute and chronic inhalation exposure to tetrachloroethylene may lead to neurological, liver and kidney damage.
Volunteer Regional Landfill is owned and operated by Waste Connections, Ashford said.