Atkinson payes fine for leachate in sewer system


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Posted Online: April 16, 2013, 7:13 pm
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By Claudia Loucks, correspondent@qconline.com
ATKINSON -- Village board members on Monday agreed to pay a $2,000 fine assessed by the state because the Atkinson Landfill dumped excessive amounts of leachate into the village sewer system.
The violation occurred in 2011, according to Mayor August Junior. The village no longer permits the landfill, a privately owned operation, to dump any leachate into the village sewer system. Previously, the village agreement with the landfill permitted it to dump up to 12,000 gallons per day of leachate.
"There were a few days when the landfill employees dumped more than their daily limit of 12,000 gallons," Mayor Junior said.
After months of litigation with the attorney general's office, the mayor said, the board "discussed the process to rectify the violation, which already was in place, and is that we had not been accepting leachate from the Atkinson Landfill since late July of 2011."
"We were able to help rectify the situation when we hired an employee to monitor all operations at the landfill, including where the leachate is taken," he said.


















 




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