Ohio EPA takes additional action against landfill operator
On behalf of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Ohio, Attorney General Marc Dann filed second charges in contempt against Warren Recycling Inc. and Warren Hills LLC, alleging that the company has violated the Court’s November 2005 Judgment Entry on Contempt Penalties and the July 2003 Consent Order.
In the filing, the Attorney General charges that Warren Recycling and Warren Hills LLC have failed to properly manage and control leachate, failed to submit an approvable closure plan, failed to submit a post-closure plan, failed to implement groundwater monitoring, and that each defendant failed to pay $325,000 in stipulated penalties ordered by the Court on November 16, 2005.
In January 2005, the United States EPA installed a leachate collection system to abate a health threat from hydrogen sulfide gas emissions caused in part by the excessive leachate at the landfill. After abating the public nuisance and then managing the leachate collection for a couple years, the EPA turned over control of the collection system to Warren Recycling.
Among the other relief requested by the State of Ohio in the contempt charges, is that the defendants be ordered to operate, maintain, and manage the leachate collection system at the landfill in accordance with Ohio rules.