The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has announced that Greentree Landfill in Kersey, Pennsylvania, owned by Advanced Disposal Services, Ponte Vedra, Florida, has agreed to a $600,000 civil penalty in a consent order and agreement addressing a waste slope failure that the DEP says resulted in the death of its employee at the site.
Feb. 8, 2017, a slope failure occurred at the Greentree Landfill, causing an estimated 15.5 acres of solid waste to shift and an estimated 5 acres of solid waste to slide off the lined disposal area. A landfill employee was trapped in the slide and died.
In addition to paying $600,000 for violations of the Solid Waste Management Act occurring before and after the slide, Advanced Disposal is required to submit a written root cause report to the DEP on or before Dec. 31, 2017, detailing its investigation and conclusion regarding the cause of the slope failure. Advanced Disposal also has agreed to operational changes that will improve safety, including:
- limiting municipal sewage sludge and approved nonhazardous waste with flowable characteristics to 10 percent of the monthly scaled tonnage, with a maximum of 15 percent of the total scaled tonnage on any one day until the slide has been remediated;
- limiting municipal sewage sludge and approved nonhazardous waste with flowable characteristics to 15 percent of the monthly scaled tonnage with a maximum of 20 percent of the total scaled tonnage on any one day for three years after the slide has been remediated;
- removing and disposing of all the waste outside the lined area of the landfill by March 31, according to a plan approved by the department;
- improving its odor control plan; and
- employing an individual or individuals to serve as the primary engineering and environmental compliance contact for the landfill.
The agreement provides additional stipulated penalties if Advanced Disposal fails to comply with its obligations in a timely manner.