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Area Pa. landfill is cited for tipping fee shortage

November 04, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

Mountain View Reclamation landfill near Upton, Pa., was one of more than a dozen Pennsylvania landfills issued violation notices Friday for not paying all of the $4 tipping fee the state adopted in June to fund the Growing Greener Program.

"We did remit most of the money, but a portion was withheld because two boroughs refused to pay us," said Lee Zimmerman, a spokesman for Waste Management, which owns the landfill.

He said the boroughs of Waynesboro, Pa., and Mechanicsburg, Pa., have refused to pay fees totaling $7,200.

Zimmerman said the company will continue to try to collect the fees, and he said litigation is a possibility.

Until the matter is resolved, he said Waste Management will continue its service to those boroughs.

Out of 50 operating landfills, 15 have not submitted the entire fees for this quarter. Out of $20.5 million due from the landfills, about $570,000 has not been paid statewide, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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"The law is very clear, landfill operators are required to pay all of the new fee, no exceptions," DEP Regional Director William McDonnell said in a prepared statement.

The tipping fees were increased under Act 90 in June to require an additional $4 per ton fee on most waste disposed in municipal waste landfills.

"If these landfill operators don't begin submitting the entire fee, then these violations could prevent the facilities from expanding their operations in the future," McDonnell said.

Over five years, Growing Greener will invest $645.9 million into farmland preservation projects, state park renovations and improvements, water and sewer system upgrades and environmental restoration projects in the state.

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