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DelCo solid waste cited for DEQ violations during review.

Delaware County, Oklahoma officials are working to clean one up of the county's solid waste transfer stations after inspectors from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality notified county officials of various violations at the station.

Members of the Delaware County commission and officials with the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority were notified by DEQ officials on July 18 of numerous violations at the county's two transfer station.

The violations, at Transfer Station No. 1, came following a May 19 inspection, one of the regular inspections conducted by officials with the regional and state DEQ offices, according to Erin Hatfield, DEQ Public Information Manager.

During inspections, DEQ officials go through a checklist of requirements regarding the transfer station's compliance with state laws. Hatfield said violations are considered either non-critical or critical, depending on the nature of the incident. Inspectors with DEQ found eight violations in the inspection of the transfer station, according to Hatfield.

The violations, which were cited because the county's transfer station did not meet the department's criteria, are: leachate management; stormwater management; receiving prohibited waste; litter control; placement of waste; salvage and recycling; and the store of large or bulky items.

According to the DEQ inspection report, one of the violations involved the management of leachate, which refers to the liquid which drains from trash, which the report cited was not correctly being collected and disposed of.

Along with the leachate system, the report also cited that the transfer station did not have a salvage and recycling plan but that one had been submitted to DEQ.

After violations are presented, officials from DEQ and the solid waste authority developed a formal agreement on what violations need to be rectified, according to Hatfield.

The agreement between the county's solid waste trust authority and DEQ also includes timelines for how long the authority has to rectify the violations.

If the authority does not agree to fix a violation that DEQ deems necessary to fix in its formal resolution with the authority, the department has the authority to issue fines as an enforcement action, according to Hatfield.

An agreement between DEQ and the solid waste trust authority has yet to be reached. Vice said he learned through speaking with other solid waste officials that the agreement was pending while studies were completed.

Although violations were received by the commissioners, Commission Chairman Tom Sanders said the county has no authority to make any changes.

The process of receiving the violations also unearthed a quirk in the relationship between the authority and the county.

Transfer stations one and two were both licensed to the county commissioners when they were opened in 1988. The licenses were never transferred over to the authority when it was created in 1994.

Source: Zach Collums,

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Date:Aug 22, 2016
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