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Putnam Landfill Asks West Virginia DEP To Remove Its Authority To Accept MCHM

Reported: Mar. 26, 2014 4:24 PM EDT
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- The Putnam County landfill where waste from Freedom Industry had been disposed has requested in a letter to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that its MCHM waste acceptance authority be removed from its permit.

“Although such disposal does not present any hazard to health or the environment, DSI has determined that to permanently cease accepting any further quantities of such waste in deference to community concerns,” said Adam Finley, area engineering manager for Disposal Services in Hurricane.

“While we have advised the community of this in writing, in order to provide further assistance to them, we request that the disposal authorization of this permit modification be withdrawn by the WV DEP.”

The landfill’s letter to the DEP follows a Kanawha County circuit judge’s granting of a temporary restraining order earlier this week prohibiting the DEP from permitting the disposal of chemical waste from the Freedom Industries facility into the Disposal Services landfill.

Putnam County commissioners and the city of Hurricane had sought the injunction after residents had complained about licorice odors coming from the Disposal Service landfill in Hurricane. The DEP had previously given a permit allowing waste from Freedom to be dumped there. After the complaints surfaced, Waste Management informed the city of Hurricane it would no longer accept MCHM waste at the landfill.

In a Facebook post, Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards attached the letter from Disposal Services to the DEP.

“I am hopeful that the WV DEP will revoke Waste Management's MCHM authority from its permit at the request of WMI, which will alleviate having to ask a judge to do it for us,” Edwards wrote.



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