Cunningham Landfill Closed

December 14, 1990|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff writer

County inspectors have ordered a second rubble landfill closed for exceeding its approved capacity.

John Peacock, chief of environmental enforcement for the county Department of Inspections and Permits, said the Cunningham Rubble Landfill in Crofton was ordered to shut down operations Nov. 30 on most of its 30-acre site.

Dumping continues on five acres, which inspectors said had not yet reached capacity, Peacock said.

Peacock has asked Administrative Hearing Officer Robert C. Wilcox to order the landfill on Raceway Drive, adjacent to Capital Raceway, permanently closed. The landfill operators will have a chance to explain why the landfill should not be closed at a show-cause hearing. No date for that hearing has been set.

The Cunningham Rubble Landfill is the second fill ordered closed under emergency legislation passed by the County Council last April.

Rubble landfills operate under state-approved plans, Peacock said. Prior to last spring, only the state Department of the Environment had authority to inspect rubble fills.

But the new law gave county inspectors oversight for rubble landfills, which also need special zoning exceptions from the county.

"Once that bill passed, we found what we consider violations," Peacock said. "But I'm not going to say anything critical about the state's enforcement history."

Inspectors ordered the Al-Ray Super Concrete Rubble Landfill in Lothian temporarily closed Nov. 16 for exceeding its capacity and accepting medical wastes.

Wilcox ordered Al-Ray to remain closed on Dec. 6, while its owners draft a plan to shut down permanently next year.

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