DEP Fines Keystone Sanitation Service $6,500 for Municipal Waste Transportation Violations

WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Keystone Sanitation Service LLC of Mifflin Township, Columbia County, $6,500 for municipal waste transportation violations discovered at the company’s staging area in late 2006 and again this year.

“DEP inspectors visited Keystone’s property in December 2006 and March of this year,” DEP Regional Director Robert Yowell said. “Those inspections revealed that Keystone was staging or placing uncovered roll-off containers containing solid waste on the ground. This activity requires a permit from DEP for the operation of a transfer facility.”

The Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act and the state’s municipal waste regulations do not permit waste haulers to store municipal waste they have collected on their property without a transfer station permit.

“This illegal storage of waste by private haulers seems to be on the increase, and DEP will not tolerate this activity,” Yowell said. “Those waste haulers found to be in violation will be fined.”

DEP fined Keystone Sanitation $3,000 in May 2006 for municipal waste transportation violations discovered during two inspections of the Lycoming County Landfill in October 2006.

The fine was paid to the state’s Solid Waste Abatement Fund, which finances cleanups across the state.

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