“Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill Fined For Excessive Contaminated Runoff”

“The Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill will pay a $24,000 fine for violations involving the improper disposal of shale gas drilling waste and contaminated liquids in 2019, according to terms of a state Department of Environmental Protection consent order announced Tuesday.

The landfill, located in Rostraver, Westmoreland County, must also undertake corrective actions to minimize the amount of “leachate” generated by stormwater washing through the drilling waste in the landfill and install new leachate treatment equipment.

In May 2019 the Belle Vernon sewage treatment plant stopped accepting the landfill’s leachate because its excessive volume and toxic chemical components were damaging the sewage plant’s ability to treat wastewater before it was discharged into the Monongahela River.”

Don Hopey reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 18, 2020.