DEC cites Ontario County Landfill for permit violations

As reported first in the Finger Lakes Times last week, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has cited Casella Waste Systems for two violations of its permit at the Ontario County Landfill.

Casella has operated the landfill through a contract with Ontario County since 2003.

In a March 26 letter to landfill General Manager Rob Fadden, DEC environmental engineer Gary Maslanka outlined violations related to inadequate soil cover and lack of control related to leachate overflow.

Maslanka said DEC regulations and the landfill’s permit requires a minimum of 6 inches of compacted cover material be applied on all exposed surfaces of solid waste at the close of each operating day. The DEC can approve the use of alternative daily cover material of a different thickness if it can be demonstrated to adequately control vectors, fire, odors, blowing litter, and scavenging without presenting a threat to human health and the environment.

Maslanka told Fadden that on Feb. 26, Feb. 27 and March 1 of this year, DEC staffers saw exposed waste on the surface of a large portion of a stage of the landfill, outside the active working area.

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