Va.'s Largest Landfill Faces Environmental Fine

By: (AP) Email
By: (AP) Email

July 12, 2012

State regulators are proposing a $56,400 environmental fine for Virginia's largest landfill.

The fine is part of a proposed settlement of alleged violations stemming from incidents last summer at the Atlantic Waste Disposal landfill near Waverly in Sussex County.

The Virginian-Pilot says Department of Environmental Quality inspectors reported leachate seeps in July 2011. According to case records, the landfill used unauthorized ditches and holes to capture the seeping liquid from garbage.

A 10-acre section of the landfill collapsed and split open two months later.

The landfill is owned by Waste Management. Company spokeswoman Lisa Kardell tells the newspaper that it's taking steps to contain future leachate seeps and protect against similar slides.

The state agency is taking public comments on the proposed settlement through July 23.

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