SOUTH HADLEY (AP) -- State environmental officials are investigating the South Hadley landfill in response to local complaints about lax or nonexistent enforcement of waste disposal laws and regulations.
The Republican reports (http://bit.ly/12IKd9i ) that the South Hadley Board of Health complained to state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Kenneth L. Kimmell about poor enforcement of waste disposal laws and rules by landfill management and the DEP's western region office in Springfield.
Kimmell said the compliance rate is unacceptable and the state is investigating.
The state told the landfill operator it has been ignoring waste disposal and recycling laws, and faces criminal prosecution and fines if the problems are not fixed.
Chris Spaulding, the landfill's operations manager, says the facility is being operated properly. He says the landfill is not burying banned materials, which are being properly recycled.
Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/