Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 6, 2013

Officials investigating landfill slide

Carrie Stambaugh
The Independent

PRINCESS — State environmental officials were at the scene of a slide at the Big Run Landfill in Boyd County on Thursday.

The slide involves eight acres of the active landfill and was reported to have occurred late Wednesday morning. As a result of the slide, waste extended 400 feet off the landfill liner.

There were no reported injuries. The landfill is in the Princess area and is visible from U.S. 60 and I-64.

Officials at River Cities Disposal, which operates the landfill, did not return calls seeking comment on Thursday. Calls to EnviroSolutions Inc., the Chantilly, Va.-based parent company, also went unanswered.

According to Dick Brown, a spokesman for the Environment and Energy Cabinet, the cause of the slide is under investigation.  He said officials with the state’s Environmental Response Team, Division of Waste Management and the Division of Water responded Wednesday and remained on the scene Thursday.

Brown said state regulators are “directing the company to continue emergency abatement actions including minimizing potential for storm water run-off, odor and fire. Also, the Divisions will be outlining the necessary long-term actions that will be required to return the landfill to compliance,” Brown said.

It is unclear if and how the slide could affect garbage service in the area.

The Big Run Landfill is permitted to operate a 225-acre site, with a 30-year capacity that allows it to accept up to 1.5 million tons of non-hazardous waste annually.

The landfill accepts garbage by truck and rail. It is Kentucky’s only rail-accessible landfill.

Big Run is permitted to accept waste from counties in 11 states including Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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