Consent Order Provides Twelve Month Window for Environmental Investment
Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill is pleased with a consent order signed by all parties in Fayette County Court in late August. It provides a twelve month window to execute on productive discussions with the DEP for the most environmentally friendly long-term solution regarding leachate quality.
Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower and Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone both agreed to the new consent order. They raised concerns about the impact of leachate on the Monongahela River after the Belle Vernon Municipal Authority announced that its aging infrastructure could no longer manage new quality thresholds proposed by the EPA. Since then, leachate has been collected and hauled offsite for treatment.
Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill is an industry leader in environmental protection. In the next year, we will be investing substantial capital in equipment and technology to build an onsite leachate pretreatment facility. Components including advanced filtration and an evaporator will be part of that investment.
Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill recognizes the importance of being on the cutting edge of environmental safety, because this is our backyard, too. Nearly all of our employees and contractors live and work in this community. WSL supports higher EPA standards for water quality and is committed to being part of the solution.