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Hazardous and Solid Waste Violations at Crow Wing County Landfill

Hazardous and Solid Waste Violations at Crow Wing County Landfill

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A county landfill has paid a civil penalty of $12k for its illegal acceptance of liquid hazardous waste.  View the release from the MPCA:  Crow Wing County Landfill penalized for hazardous and solid waste violations

Who:

Crow Wing County Landfill and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).  Contact:  Stephen Mikkelson, (218) 316-3887

What:

The facility accepted for temporary storage 15 barrels labeled as a characteristic hazardous waste (D001 for Ignitability). The barrels were disposed of in the municipal solid waste portion of the landfill.

Where:

Crow Wing County Landfill is located east of Brainerd, MN

When:

Violation occurred November of 2012.

Announced March 5, 2014

Why:

A hazardous waste (D001 for Ignitability) must be treated, stored, or disposed of only at a facility that has a permit under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).  Such a facility would also have to operate in compliance with the USEPA regulations of 40 CFR 264/265 (or their State equivalent).  A municipal solid waste landfill cannot accept hazardous waste for disposal unless there is an exception allowed by the state for hazardous waste from a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG).  Given the quantity of hazardous waste in this case, it is unlikely it originated from a CESQG.  Also, liquids of all kinds (hazardous or non-hazardous) are banned from landfill disposal.

How:

As a state with an authorized hazardous waste program, the MPCA has the authority to enforce hazardous waste regulations within Minnesota.

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