State extends deadline to modify landfill

September 06, 1992|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff Writer

The state has given Anne Arundel County another 24 days to open an environmentally safe disposal area at the Millersville Landfill.

The county asked for the extension because this summer's heavy rains made it impossible to meet the state's original Sept. 12 deadline. Friday's decision extends that deadline to Oct. 6.

The Maryland Department of the Environment cracked down on the 567-acre landfill in April after county officials fell nearly three years behind in complying with environmental rules.

Regulators had given the county 150 days to construct a new disposal area with a protective plastic liner and pollutant collection system, and to close three unprotected trash cells.

MDE spokesman John Goheen said the county will not be allowed to dump in Cells 5, 6 and 7 after Oct. 6. If a new lined cell has not been completed by that date, the entire landfill will be shut down, he said.

The Burns Crossing Road facility accepts about 1,200 tons of trash per day -- 80 percent of the garbage generated by the county businesses and 430,000 citizens.

Workers began lining Cell 8 with plastic late last month. County officials say the cell will be completed by the new deadline.

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