South Hadley health board to discuss allegations against landfill operator
SOUTH HADLEY — The Board of Health will meet Wednesday to discuss allegations that the town’s landfill operator has dumped banned material at the Industrial Drive site.
The board meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Select Board meeting room at Town Hall. Health board members have asked the state Department of Environmental Protection to fine landfill operator Advanced Disposal of Ponte Vedra, Fla.
South Hadley owns the landfill, but the private company runs operations there. Company officials have denied dumping banned substances at the landfill. Residents in the landfill area have long complained of noxious odors, dust and noise created there and the operation has been fined repeatedly by DEP for violations.
On Dec. 18, Daniel Hall, section chief of DEP’s solid waste division, sent Advanced a notice of noncompliance for infractions that occurred in September and October.
Hall’s letter said Advanced failed to comply with state standards governing banned waste items. Specifically, Advanced was notified of failing to have on-site containers to store banned materials removed from loads; failing to inspect all loads for banned materials; maintain records of refused loads, including reasons for refusal; and accepting material for disposal that should be recycled.
The DEP did not fine the company. Hall wrote that the state agency “is willing to help provide guidance and training” to Advanced so it can comply with state regulations. He also wrote it is “strongly suggested”that the company photograph its waste-ban compliance actions and use cameras at the scale house, where trash trucks are weighed, to document its inspections of open-top containers.
The South Hadley landfill handles 80 to 100 trucks daily.