Recology, Inc. fined by State for water quality violations

Apr 21, 2015 4:13 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has levelled $440,440 fine against Recology Inc. for water quality violations at its Yuba Sutter Landfill near Marysville.
Recology operates a transfer station and green waste composting facility on top of the Yuba Sutter Landfill, a closed landfill located next to the Yuba River.
The site issued a Cleanup and Abatement Order requiring Recology to enhance its operations at the compost area to collect leachate generated from compost piles during rainstorms.
That's because it contains high levels of salt, nitrogen, metals, pathogens and oxygen-demanding substances, and can contaminate groundwater and surface waters.
Water Quality Officials say Recology violated the Cleanup and Abatement Order by failing to install an appropriately sized leachate collection system by the mandated date of October 1st, 2014, and that a proper collection system wasn't in place until late January.
That meant leachate during two moderate rain events went uncollected.


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