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Health board seeks second landfill report

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September 22, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Local officials are taking steps to remediate last week's incident at the Southbridge Recycling and Disposal Park.

The Board of Health has hired Tighe and Bond, an engineering firm, to write a report on what exactly occurred Monday, Sept. 13 at the landfill on Barefoot Road, in addition to the report the landfill operator, Casella Waste Systems, plans to submit to the town, according to Board of Health member Rinaldo Bernadone.

Casella's report is due Friday, Sept. 24, according to Health Department Director James Morin.

A backup flare system was activated immediately after the accident and a new one has been installed.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation, according to Fusco. The incident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Casella officials eventually determined the gas collection system had failed, according to Fusco. The incident damaged the flare system that releases the gas, specifically methane. The gas buildup caused a cover on the flare system to fly off, Morin said. No toxic gases or chemicals were released into atmosphere, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Now, officials are seeking information and ways to lower the chances of future incidents and better respond to them.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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