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