FEBRUARY 2008

Resource Control assessed $26,000 in odor penalties

Resource Control, Inc. of Westborough, Massachusetts has been assessed $26,000 in penalties by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) as a result of odorous conditions at the Barre Sanitary Landfill.

A consent order requires Resource Control to perform corrective actions, pay a $6,500 administrative penalty to the Commonwealth, and provide an additional $19,500 for a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) that is designed to enhance the Miller’s Beach Park, located adjacent to the landfill.

After receiving odor complaints, MassDEP determined that hydrogen sulfur odors were being emitted from the landfill as a result of technical problems with the gas collection system.

In addition to the penalty and the SEP, Resource Control is required to conduct daily inspections of the entire gas collection system, install a fail-safe system for both the gas flare ignition system and the gas flare alarm system, hire a full-time landfill gas technician, complete a third party assessment of the landfill gas collection/control systems and identify specific requirements to extend 100 percent gas collection coverage of the facility, install gas wells and collection appurtenances identified in the third party assessment, install the final cap on the west and north slopes of area A, and identify any potential point sources of landfill gas and take necessary actions to address these issues.