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Firm chosen to monitor landfill gas

September 02, 1998

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday moved a step closer to the eventual closing of the Resh Sanitary Landfill by awarding a $78,000 contract to monitor methane gas emissions at the site.

Methane gas is the natural product of decomposing trash. The gas is explosive and flammable under certain conditions, said Gary Rohrer, director of the county public works department. Federal law mandates monitoring the gas emissions at closed landfills, he said.

Century Engineering, Inc., of Towson, Md., was awarded the contract to study the landfill, dig monitoring wells, and train county employees to monitor the site, he said.

The Resh landfill, the county's main active landfill, will be filled to capacity in two to three years, said Rohrer. At that time the landfill will be closed and capped to prevent leakage of toxins into the air and water, he said.

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The county plans to use the Lund landfill to accommodate the county's trash after the closing of the Resh landfill, he said.

The Lund landfill site is tucked in a bend of the Conococheague Creek near the current Resh Sanitary Landfill. A bridge and access road are planned to connect the site to U.S. 40, Rohrer said.

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