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County told to fix leaky trash site

July 30, 1997

By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Staff Writer

A trash storage area at the Washington County Resh Sanitary Landfill has developed a slow leak of a low-strength garbage liquid that will require up to $125,000 to fix, the Washington County Commissioners were told Tuesday night.

The leak was discovered during a $75,000 reconstruction of a sediment pond that was wiped out by the January 1996 floods, said Joe Kroboth, deputy county engineer. A Maryland Department of the Environment inspector found the leak, Kroboth said.

State officials said the county must fix the problem in a reasonable amount of time or potentially face a consent order mandating that the leak be controlled, Kroboth said.

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Kroboth said the landfill runoff from Cell No. 5, which doesn't have a plastic liner, eventually would reach the Resh Run stream unless the upgrades, including a pump station and a clay-lined trench, were constructed.

The stream is tested every two months, said Steve Zies, Solid Waste Department operations manager.

The runoff that is collected in the system will be piped to an existing storage tank and taken to the Conococheague Industrial Pretreatment Facility.

The County Commissioners approved $59,000 to start construction of the containment system.

Money will come from excess funds in other capital projects,, said County Finance Director Debra Bastian.

The county hopes to receive grants for 75 percent of the flood-related damages from the state, Kroboth said.

Unlike new storage areas, Cell No. 5 doesn't have a plastic liner because it was built before new regulations required liners, Zies said.

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