RIDGWAY â€“ At Tuesday's Elk County Solid Waste Authority meeting, Veolia Greentree Landfill Manager Don Henrichs said Veolia, the parent company of Veolia Greentree Landfill, was sold to Advanced Disposal, a company that owns interstate waste systems and 20 landfills in the southern United States. Veolia has sold all of its U.S. interests to Advanced Disposal and a shared purchase agreement was signed, so all of the service agreements already in place will remain and Advanced Disposal will assume all Veolia's outstanding shares and operations, which include 28 landfills. Henrichs said a management team has been put in place and the transition should be completed in September or October.
In other landfill news:
* A minor modification permit was approved to make changes to short-term storage for drilling waste.
"The (state) Department (of Environmental Protection) has some new regulations that require some of the drilling waste to have some new testing, some radiological testing. When they do that testing, it takes 30 to 45 days to complete that," Henrichs said.
He said Veolia asked to permit their existing staging area to take the material in the staging area and put it through its onsite radiation monitoring equipment and store it in a permitted facility. When the analytical data comes back and the material is shown to be within levels, it may be disposed of in the landfill. If the material doesn't meet regulations, companies are required to remove it from the premises.
* Another section of permanent cap on a 5-acre parcel began this week.
* Henrichs said 80 to 85 percent of the upgrades to the leachate treatment plant have been completed and the hope is to complete the project by the fourth quarter. The landfill's leachate management plan continues to be upgraded.
Elk County Solid Waste Authority Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Bekki Titchner said the St. Marys Public Library contacted her about recycling some electronics; the library has several items it would like to get rid of. As the Elk County Recycling Center has already taken items from the Johnsonburg and Ridgway libraries, a motion was approved to waive the fee for electronics recycling for the St. Marys Public Library for the requested items.
The authority is in the process of interviewing for a part-time recycling assistant, a Level 5 non-union position, at a rate of $11.07 per hour.
The authority has a balance of $251,462.36 in its regular checking account, with approximately $23,000 from a 901 state grant that may be used for certain activities. Authority member John Moran suggested looking into some type of investment rather than leaving all of the money in the checking account. He said although the authority is limited by statute regarding what investments it can make, other options could yield more interest. Authority members agreed to look into some possibilities.