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TRASHNET OPERATIONS STOPPING TRUCKS ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA

 TRASHNET OPERATIONS STOPPING TRUCKS ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA
 MORRISVILLE, Pa., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- State agencies launched


another TRASHNET operation at daybreak today, continuing the Casey administration's crackdown on the illegal transportation and disposal of trash.
 TRASHNET is Pennsylvania's program to inspect waste hauling vehicles at state borders, landfills and transfer stations to make sure they are complying with state transportation, safety and environmental laws.
 "TRASHNET operations over the past three years have resulted in safer highways and a safer environment," said Environmental Resources Secretary Arthur A. Davis. "Our TRASHNET efforts have cut in half the environmental violations by long-haul trash trucks on Pennsylvania highways."
 Davis and State Police Commissioner Glenn A. Walp observed TRASHNET operations at a truck checkpoint at the G.R.O.W.S. and Tullytown landfills in Falls Township, Bucks County. The combined waste facilities are the largest landfills and importers of out-of-state trash in Pennsylvania.
 The latest operation came just a day after Gov. Robert P. Casey's State of the Commonwealth address to the General Assembly in which he called for stricter regulation of trash disposal in Pennsylvania.
 Davis said inspectors from the State Police and the Departments of Environmental Resources (DER) and Transportation (PennDOT) opened TRASHNET checkpoints shortly before 7 a.m. today at 13 locations across the state.
 DER inspectors checked garbage trucks to make sure they were properly covered and enclosed to control pests, odors and leaks; appropriately identified for content and ownership; contained fire extinguishing equipment; and possessed required registrations and manifest showing waste origin and destination.
 PennDOT and State Police inspectors checked all trucks, including those transporting garbage, to identify weight, maintenance and other safety violations. The State Police also inspected vehicle records for evidence of backhauling of food one way and garbage the other way, a practice outlawed in 1990 when Casey signed the first backhauling law in the nation.
 "During previous TRASHNET operations, we inspected nearly 12,000 trucks, issued 3,800 citations and collected more than $235,000 in civil penalties," Walp said. "We turned back 300 trucks at the state line for leaking loads or hauling illegal waste."
 Davis said TRASHNET is just one component of Casey's aggressive efforts to restrict uncontrolled and unplanned waste disposal in Pennsylvania.
 Earlier this month, the governor unveiled legislation to make Pennsylvania totally self-sufficient in disposing of its own trash and give the state legal authority to restrict the importation of trash from other states.
 In his State of the Commonwealth address on Wednesday, Casey again urged the General Assembly to pass the legislation, called the Municipal Waste Reduction and Control Act of 1992.
 The legislation would require that waste produced in one of four proposed regional wastesheds in Pennsylvania be disposed of in the same wasteshed. It would also strengthen the state's authority to prohibit construction and expansion of waste facilities, limit the amount of trash received by municipal waste facilities and tighten regulation of waste transfer facilities.
 Waste facilities targeted today under TRASHNET included:
 NORTHEAST -- Interstate 80 at Delaware Water Gap, Monroe County; I-78 Welcome Center, Northampton County.
 SOUTHEAST -- G.R.O.W.S./Tullytown landfills, Bucks County; Delaware County WTE, Delaware County; Turnpike at Valley Forge, Chester County.
 CENTRAL -- FR&S Landfill, Berks County; Modern Landfill, York County.
 NORTHCENTRAL -- Lycoming County Landfill, Lycoming County.
 NORTHWEST -- I-90 At Exit 7 (Rt. 97), Erie County; Route 219 (south of Ridgway), Elk County.
 SOUTHWEST -- Southern Alleghenies Landfill, Somerset County; Arden Landfill, Washington County; Imperial Landfill, Allegheny County.
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