AG files suit over ‘repeated waste management violations’ at Tri-City Landfill

The Tri-Cities

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Attorney General Mark Herring and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has filed a lawsuit over “significant and repeated waste management violations” the Tri-City Landfill in Petersburg. 

In the suit, Herring alleges that CFS Group Disposal & Recycling Services, LLC (CFS) exceeded the permitted waste pile height, failed to properly maintain its stormwater control system, failed to adequately cover exposed waste, failed to maintain the required amount of extra waste cover and failed to correct the violations in a timely manner even after being repeatedly notified.

The lawsuit asks the court to order CFS to comply with waste management laws and regulations, for the maximum allowable civil penalties, and for any other relief that the court believes to be appropriate.

“CFS repeatedly received warnings that it was in violation of the law but it continued to ignore its responsibility to protect the land, air and water around the Tri-City Landfill and failed to comply with waste management permits and regulations,” Herring said. “Today, we are asking the court to ensure that CFS stops these violations and compensates Virginia accordingly for its role in damaging the environment around its Petersburg facility.”

The lawsuit explains that DEQ notified CFS of violations in September 2015, July 2017, July 2018 and August 2018, but the violations continued. The Commonwealth alleges in the suit four counts of illegal actions by CFS at the Tri City Landfill in Petersburg:

  • Failure to comply with Solid Waste Permit conditions regarding slope and elevation and continuing to place waste in areas of the landfill where those areas had already exceeded the final elevation
  • Failure to adequately maintain the landfill’s stormwater control systems, including allowing drains to become clogged, resulting in a breach of the landfill’s containment area and causing a runnel at the landfill to flood
  • Failure to maintain adequate daily cover, including allowing an approximately 15,000 square foot area of waste to remain uncovered for a period of a week
  • Failure to maintain a stockpile of at least three days’ worth of acceptable cover soil or other approved cover material be readily available at all times for use as daily cover of waste

RELATED: Tri-City Regional Landfill hears concerns from Petersburg residents raising a stink

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