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  • WMHvJamesGilmoreIII
    WhatYouCanDo About News DISPOSAL RECYCLING WasteDefined Zero Waste Visuals DisposalBans Imports State Plans Laws Regs Statistics ForeignWaste Economics Landfills Incinerators Toxics Wastes Recycling Issues Remediation CONSUMERS BUSINESS Avoid Substitute Waste RecyNews Recycling Links Composting WaterTreatment Health Issues WASTE MANAGEMENT HOLDINGS

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  • RefuseNews
    wars now being waged between several eastern states Zero Waste America says the growth of these facilities and conditions have largely been the result of EPA s failure to enforce the State Plan provisions of the federal Solid Waste Disposal Act In 1976 Congress asserted the EPA s authority over waste management in the United States with the passage of the Solid Waste Disposal Act The Act required states to develop and implement State Plans that would maximize waste reduction and recycling State Plans should have been submitted to the EPA approved and implemented in 1980 That timeline was not met says the group and the State Plan provisions of the Act have been largely ignored According to EPA officials the agency abandoned its legal responsibility to enforce the State Plan provisions of the Act on the grounds that funding for that portion of the Act was pulled Lack of funding is not an legitimate excuse to violate the Act says Lynn Landes Director of ZWA Unfunded mandates are a fact of life not an excuse to ignore the law says Landes It should be noted the group said that funding was pulled by President Reagan in 1981 one year after the 1980 timeline for implementation of the plans The latest information on State Plans in EPA Headquarters files dated 1987 reports that 25 states have EPA approved plans six states have EPA partially approved plans 12 states have plans adopted and submitted to EPA for review 10 states have draft plans under review by the State or EPA and two states that have not submitted a plan Alaska and New Mexico The District of Columbia also required to submit a plan has also not done so ZWA said Even for those states who have an EPA approved plan that

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  • OldDumps
    and that s what we have to find out In the meantime The Quaker Group of Voorhees N J and its development plans remain before the town s Planning Commission several steps away from the final approval needed to begin construction The company s president Steve Shilling did not return telephone calls last week On Thursday engineers hired by the township will inspect the property studying potential concerns posed by its past land use For years farmer Joseph Harris worked the 39 acre plot s northern grounds and allowed area residents to dump waste on its southern end according to local residents and state environmental officials Harris died about three years ago leaving the land to his 12 children Other than two houses and a barn and garage used for a son s paving business the farm remains largely vacant Trees and shrubbery fleck uneven patches of grass that roll east to Brock Creek a tributary of the Delaware River State environmental officials investigated the farm for dumping from the mid 1980s to early 1990s and detected several pollutants some in higher concentrations than what drinking water limits allowed But officials found no severe contamination records show They recommended that on site wells continued to be monitored but they did not call for cleaning the site Last month an agent for the property and a Harris family member acknowledged in interviews that parts of the farm were used for dumping But they insisted that it was fit for development People used to dump old furniture and trash but I don t think there were any chemicals dumped there said Michelle Harris Monti the daughter of one of 12 heirs to the property All the proper tests have been run and the property has been cleared That is not exactly accurate

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  • ZWA REPORTS 4-19-99
    the passage of the Solid Waste Disposal Act The Act required states to develop and implement State Plans that would maximize waste reduction and recycling State Plans should have been submitted to the EPA approved and implemented by 1980 That timeline was not met Since 1981 the State Plan provisions of the Act have been largely ignored According to EPA officials the agency abandoned its legal responsibility to enforce the State Plan provisions of the Solid Waste Disposal Act on the grounds that funding for that portion of the Act was pulled Lack of funding is not a legitimate excuse to violate the Act says Lynn Landes Director of Zero Waste America Unfunded mandates are a fact of life not an excuse to ignore the law says Landes It should be noted that funding was pulled by President Reagan in 1981 one year after the 1980 timeline for implementation of the plans The latest information on State Plans in EPA Headquarters files dated 1987 reports that 25 states have EPA approved plans 6 states have EPA partially approved plans 12 states have plans adopted and submitted to EPA for review 10 states have draft plans under review by the State or EPA and 3 states that have not submitted a plan Alaska District of Columbia and New Mexico Even for those states who have an EPA approved plan that does not guarantee their plans are in compliance with the Act Pennsylvania s EPA approved plan Act 101 only prefers recycling over waste disposal and establishes a goal of 25 recycling There is no plan that guarantees waste reduction and recycling Philadelphia Pennsylvania s largest city has a recycling rate of 7 Although EPA data indicates that waste disposal has decreased from 1 089 tons per person in 1990 to 0

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  • ZWA03-01-99
    DEP MISLEADS ON YARD WASTE DISPOSAL BAN AGAIN Once again a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection DEP has misled the press the public and politicians on the subject of a yard waste disposal ban In a Feb 24 Bucks County Courier Times article Rick Morrison a DEP spokesperson indicated to the reporter that Pennsylvania already has a yardwaste disposal ban in place Morrison s comments were in response to statements by Rep David Steil leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representative s Waste Caucus and Lynn Landes of Zero Waste America ZWA on the merits of the soon to be proposed yard waste disposal ban legislation and its impact on waste imports Over the last several years in both public forums and private discussions Landes has repeatedly corrected DEP officials on their misleading statements regarding the existence of a yard waste disposal ban under Pennsylvania law Pennsylvania does not currently have a disposal ban on yard waste in general nor on grass clippings and leaf waste specifically Act 101 Section 1502 only applies a waste disposal restriction to truckloads composed primarily of leaf waste says Landes The regulations do not prohibit truckloads that are not primarily composed

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  • ZWA REPORTS 2-22-99
    This is regardless of whether they are currently receiving New York s trash Gov Ridge s stated intention is to hold a New York City deputy mayor to a statement the deputy made promising not to send New York City trash to communities who don t want it Some question the purpose of this course of action It could not be used to break contractual agreements between waste disposal facilities and their customers And it may even recruit some communities for New York trash who were not previously receiving it So far in these so called Trash Wars the politicians of waste importing states are firing blanks or taking direct aim at their own feet says Lynn Landes Director of Zero Waste America ZWA and former member of the PA Dept of Environmental Protection s Solid Waste Advisory Committee The curious New York City challenge follows hard on the heels of another questionable Ridge proposal which is to put a permanent cap on the state s waste disposal capacity based on 1997 permitted capacity This proposal may actually serve to guarantee the waste industry a huge market in Pennsylvania rather than limit imports Permitted Municipal Waste capacity does not include all disposal facilities in 1997 was 34 562 644 used capacity 21 618 856 63 of total permitted capacity and unused capacity 12 943 788 37 If only municipal waste disposal facilities used all of their 1997 daily permitted capacity under Gov Ridge s proposal Pennsylvania could have 37 more trash disposed and 37 more trash trucks on the road than in 1997 Gov Ridge is also a proponent of the long proposed federal Interstate Waste legislation despite that fact that the legislation allows local communities to make agreements with the waste industry which can override any state action to

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  • PaWasteCrisis
    facilities SENATE BILL 252 Application of disposal bans on waste is what ZWA supports but it must be done in a comprehensive non discriminatory manner It appears that SB 252 below is a violation of the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution on two counts 1 One state cannot dictate to another state which laws it should enforce 2 This legislation refers to truckloads which does not prohibit small amounts of said waste from truckloads of mixed waste PA cannot ban designated out of state wastes if PA does not completely ban these wastes from in state disposal In order for this section below of legislation to be effective in stopping waste imports the word truckloads comprised of waste should be removed from the following passage Removal of other waste No municipal waste landfill may accept for disposal truckloads comprised of waste tires used motor oil or major appliances No 252 Session of 1999 INTRODUCED BY KASUNIC COSTA BODACK O PAKE STAPLETON AND RHOADES FEBRUARY 1 1999 REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY FEBRUARY 1 1999 AN ACT 1 Amending the act of July 28 1988 P L 556 No 101 entitled 2 An act providing for planning for the processing and 3 disposal of municipal waste requiring counties to submit 4 plans for municipal waste management systems within their 22 subsection to read 23 Section 1502 Facilities operation and recycling 24 1 e Removal of other waste No municipal waste landfill may 2 accept for disposal truckloads comprised of waste tires used 3 motor oil or major appliances 4 Section 2 The act is amended by adding a section to read 5 Section 1513 Solid waste restricted 6 No person shall transport into or deposit in this 7 Commonwealth for the purpose of processing or disposal solid 8 waste that was generated in another state unless the waste 9 1 meets all of the solid waste management regulations 10 of the state in which it was generated 11 2 contains none of the items specifically banned from 12 mixed municipal solid waste in this Commonwealth including 13 waste tires used motor oil waste lead acid batteries yard 14 waste major appliances and any other item specifically 15 banned from the waste stream or 16 3 is being transported to a recycling facility as 17 defined in section 103 18 Section 3 This act shall take effect immediately WASTE CAUCUS TO PROPOSE DISPOSAL BAN LEGISLATION Representative David Steil 31 District founder of the PA House Waste Caucus says that Caucus members will introduce Pennsylvania s first comprehensive disposal ban legislation this session PA s current recycling mandates are not comprehensive in that they do not apply to municipalities of less than 5 000 and there is currently no legal prohibition in PA against collected recyclables ending up in a landfill or incinerator PA disposal bans are not complete and vaguely worded For example the yardwaste ban only applies to truckloads composed primarily of yardwaste rather than yardwaste itself The lead

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  • Waste Imports
    America ZWA an Internet based environmental organization Landes notes that the Courts decisions specifically allows states to implement regulations that may impact waste imports without discriminating against imports For example ZWA has long recommended the implementation of Waste Disposal Bans as a constitutional way to permanently downsize the number of waste imports The bans would prohibit designated wastes from all disposal facilities and would apply equally to both in state and out of state waste As the number of waste bans increase waste imports decrease Waste bans currently employed by the states are often partial not comprehensive bans Why are the governors insisting that states cannot stop waste imports without Congressional legislation Either the governors and their staffs haven t read these decisions carefully or they are trying to shift the responsibility for controlling waste imports onto Congress In that regard the proposed Congressional legislation is pretty worthless It will not substantially affect waste imports It is a gift to the waste industry says Landes She explains that the proposed Congressional legislation would not substantially affect the waste industry as it only applies to municipal waste a small fraction of all waste disposed and allows for community agreements with waste corporations which can supercede state actions to control waste imports This could encourage hazardous waste imports It would leave the environment unprotected and disadvantaged communities vulnerable to financial and legal persuasion from the waste industry Landes cites the following cases to substantiate her court findings City of Philadelphia v New Jersey U S Supreme Court 1978 and National Solid Waste Association v Meyer representing Wisconsin Federal Court of Appeal 7th Circuit 1995 In the New Jersey case The Supreme Court suggested how New Jersey could protect its environment And it may be assumed as well that New Jersey may pursue

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