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DEP Orders Lancaster Facility to Correct Violations


DEP this week ordered A & M Composting to correct environmental problems at its Lancaster County facility and to stop accepting sewage sludge until the violations are corrected, according to DEP Southcentral Regional Waste Management Program Manager Keith Kerns.
"The company had accumulated about 600 tons of uncomposted sludge in its incoming staging area," Kerns said. "A&M's permit requires that material be removed from the staging area and placed in windrows within 72 hours."
The Feb. 14 order was issued after inspections by DEP staff revealed major violations at the Penn Township facility. Among the violations, A&M allowed steam to escape the facility without passing through the biofilters first. One-third of the blowers which force air through the windrows were out of order.
Under the order, A&M was given until Feb. 17 to complete the corrective actions. The company did not meet this deadline and DEP is now considering further action.
A&M Composting is owned and operated by J.P. Mascaro & Sons of Harleysville, Montgomery County.


<> For more information, contact Community Relations Coordinator Sandy Roderick at 717 705-4931 or e-mail roderick.sandra@dep.state.pa.us.



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