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Dept. of Environmental Protection

Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120


Virginia Cain, DEP

The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it has issued a solid waste permit for a new municipal waste landfill proposed for Falls Township, Bucks County. DEP formally received the application from Waste Management of Fairless, LLC, a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., in March 2009.

The issuance of the Fairless Landfill permit will allow Waste Management to transition current waste disposal operations from existing facilities in the area to this new location. No new waste streams have been added; hazardous waste materials will not be accepted at this facility. Fairless Landfill will have a permit term of ten years.

"As with all permit applications, DEP waste program staff conducted a thorough review of all information submitted by Waste Management", said DEP Southeast Regional Director Cosmo Servidio. "From a volume standpoint, there won't be an increased amount of waste coming to the local community."

Waste Management currently owns and operates the Tullytown and GROWS North landfills. The average daily volume (ADV) of 18,333 tons and the maximum daily volume (MDV) of 20,000 tons will now be shared across all three facilities. At any time, these volumes cannot be exceeded by any combination of facilities in operation.

DEP recently renewed the Tullytown Landfill solid waste permit to be in effect until no later than May 21, 2017, after which the facility must cease waste disposal operations and properly close the facility. GROWS North Landfill is permitted to receive waste until no later than February 15, 2019, at which time it will cease waste disposal operations and properly close.