Dept. of Environmental Protection
Northeast Regional Office
2 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0790
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phone: (570) 826-2511
DEP FINDS 90 TRASH TRUCKS IN VIOLATION DURING INSPECTIONS AT KEYSTONE
WILKES-BARRE: Operational and safety violations were found on 90 trash
trucks during inspections at Keystone Landfill in Dunmore and Throop
boroughs, Lackawanna County, according to Environmental Protection
Northeast Regional Director Michael Bedrin.
The inspections were conducted from 5 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday, July
28. All of the violations were against haulers, not the landfill.
"DEP has made these inspections a priority to help improve compliance
with environmental regulations and the Commonwealth?s traffic safety
laws," Bedrin said. "We have conducted literally thousands of
trash-truck inspections over the past several years because we want to
get unsafe trash trucks off the highways."
DEP regional staff inspected 435 trash trucks and found 90 trucks with
violations. The number of violations totaled 91, with 29 involving Act
90, the state?s Waste Transportation Safety Act, which authorizes
trucks and trucking companies to haul trash in Pennsylvania. These
violations included improper paperwork, and lack of or improper
location of authorization stickers on each truck.
DEP inspectors also found 13 violations for trucks with no signs or
improper signs; 34 violations for improper enclosures; 12 violations
for discharged fire extinguishers; two violations for no fire
extinguisher; and one violation for a leaking truck. Inspectors issued
73 verbal warnings; one written warning; and nine notices of violation,
or NOVs; and eight summary citations that will be heard at a local
In 2004, the Northeast Regional Office inspected 1,730 trash trucks,
found 324 violations and issued 138 NOVs and 124 summary citations.
Since June 2000, the regional office has inspected more than 4,000
trash trucks and found over 1,000 violations. Many of these violations
were being heard before local magistrates.
The regional program is done as part of statewide "trashnet"
inspections done in conjunction with the Department of Transportation
and Pennsylvania State Police.
For more information on the inspections, visit DEP's Web site at www.dep.state.pa.us
Keyword: "DEP Targeting Trash."
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