A publication of Work On Waste USA, Inc., 82 Judson, Canton, NY 13617 315-379-9200 January 31, 1991


On February 7 1991, Ogden Martin acquired, through a private transfer the operations contract for the 1,000 tpd mass-burn Blount-built Minneapolis incinerator. General Electric bought out the ownership of the incinerator from Blount in 1988 (see Waste Not #95). Ogden paid Hennepin County $600,000 for the costs involved in the transfer. Attorney Walter Duffy of Faegre and Benson of Minneapolis put together the contract between the county and Ogden Martin. For more information contact Leslie Davis, Earth Protector, 1138 Plymouth Building, Minneapolis, MN 55402. Tel: 612-375-0202. With Ogden’s buyout of the Blount Energy Resource Corp., which also built the 400 tpd Warren County, NJ, incinerator, negotiations are underway in Warren County for an amendment to the incinerator contract with the county before Ogden will take over the facility.


“John E. Drury, the president and chief operating officer of Browning Ferris Industries, the nation’s second-largest waste-management company, resigned yesterday. His duties are to be assumed by the company’s chairman and chief executive, William D. Ruckelshaus, a former director of the Environmental Protection Agency...Analysts of the waste-management industry tied the resignation to the company’s recent poor financial performance, which included a $44.7 million loss in the fiscal 1990 year...Mr. Drury, who had been with Browning-Ferris since 1970 and served in various regional and corporate positions, was named president in 1982. His father ran a company acquired by Browning-Ferris, which said yesterday that Mr. Drury would serve as a consultant with emphasis on operations in Europe...” New York Times, 1-17-91, page D5.


Richard Penfold is an increasingly significant player in the long-distance waste/incinerator ash business in the northeastern states, acting as a broker as well as landfill operator. The following is a partial listing of some incinerator ash landfill contracts and new landfill proposals that Penfold has been involved in:

EASTERN WASTE’S CONTRACT WITH NEWARK, ESSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY: In mid-1987 Penfold contracted with Newark to arrange disposal of at least 250,000 tons per year of ash and a maximum of 20,000 tons of by-pass material, from BFI’s Am-Ref Fuel 2,250 tpd incinerator which went on line in November 1990. Essex County paid Penfold’s subsidiary Eastern Waste Inc. $l.5 million to reserve space at three western NY landfills (CID Landfill in Chaffee, Erie County; Modern Landfill in Model City; and Orleans Sanitary Landfill in Albian). Essex County negotiated this contract without going out to bid. The contract was negotiated by Wm. F. Cosulich Assoc. acting as consultants to Newark. Penfold agreed to divert at least 100,000 tons per year to his own CID Landfill, subcontracting the rest to the other two. (See Waste Not # 3). For more information contact Arnold Cohen at the Ironbound Committee in Newark, tel: 201-589-4668.

EASTERN WASTE’S CONTRACT WITH HUDSON FALLS, WASHINGTON COUNTY, NEW YORK. In late 1988, Penfold acting as Eastern Waste Inc., signed the ash disposal contract for this proposed 400 tpd Foster Wheeler incinerator in Hudson Falls. The pivotal issue for Foster Wheeler to secure a permit for this incinerator was to prove to the state they had a landfill for the ash, and at the eleventh hour a contract was negotiated with Eastern Waste to landfill the ash at CID Landfill in Chaffee, NY, which then secured a permit from the state. According to residents the contract stipulates that the counties will pay $200,000 a year to reserve ashfill space and if the contract is broken within 5 years the county has to pay $2 million to Eastern Waste. Hudson Falls is approx. 300 miles from 300 miles from Chaffee. (See Waste Not # 78). For more information contact Stephanie Wenk at 518-692-7595.

CID LANDFILL CONTRACT WITH HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK. Penfold held the contract for the ash disposal for BFI’s Am-Ref Fuel 2,300 tpd incinerator which went on line in April 1989. According to Vicki De Jong of Hempstead’s Citizens Committee for Civic Action, the ash stopped going to Penfold’s landfill (with no explanation offered to the community) and was instead being sent to a BFI landfill outside of Buffalo. Since the fall of 1990, the ash from the Hempstead incinerator has been going to the Islip Landfill on Long Island, with the stated purpose that the 600 tpd of Hempstead’s incinerator ash would be used for an “ash-use experiment”. Under the guise of ‘ash-use’ the NY Department of Environmental Conservation approved this landfill shift. This was supposed to be short-term landfill-switch to last approx. 30 days. The NY DEC approved an extension to landfill Hempstead’s incinerator ash at the Islip landfill until March 1991, because the ‘trash-for-ash’ scheme with the town of Brookhaven, on Long Island, which was to start on January 1, 1991, has not materialized. The scheme was for Brookhaven to send 200,000 tons of solid waste a year to the Hempstead incinerator, and in return, take all the ash from the Hempstead incinerator to landfill in Brookhaven. Hempstead had budgeted a $14 million saving, in their 1991 annual budget, under the assumption that the Brookhaven trash-for-ash scheme would be in place. Environmentalists in Brookhaven have raised several questions about this deal and have called for hearings and an environmental impact statement on the scheme, which has caused the delay. Info. contact Vicki DeJong: 516-333-1929.

CREST RESOURCES LANDFILL PROPOSAL IN LEE COUNTY, VIRGINIA: Penfold’s CID landfill and Penn Virginia Corp. in a joint venture called Crest Resources, proposed in 1989 an ash landfill in Keokee, Lee County. Located in Central Appalachia’s coal area, Hancock County is very poor, but rich in land and minerals. Coal runs the county. The population is approx. 26,000. The railroad line that services the county is the Southern Railroad and Norfolk Virginia, which have merged. The proposed site for the landfill is on land where Westmoreland Coal Co. had strip-mining operations. Host benefits to the county would include $1 a ton for waste entering the landfill and for a limited time, free waste disposal for the county. Penn Virginia told the community that in order to get contracts for coal they needed to take back the fly ash from coal-fired power plants. Crest Resources proposal is to landfill fly ash from coal-fired power plants and municipal waste incinerator ash. The president of Crest Resources is A. James Dearlove of Penn Virginia Corp. The county had also received another proposal for a landfill in 1988 from a group called Landfill One Inc., out of Norten Virginia. Carl McAfee, a former attorney, is president of Landfill One. McAfee was convicted of laundering drug money from Columbia and lost his licence. He was a partner with the Dean brothers, who own a lot of strip and deep mining land in the county. Landfill One wanted to import municipal and commercial waste to a proposed landfill site outside of St. Charles. The Landfill One proposal has been vigorously opposed, with litigation suits abounding. Residents have united to oppose the Crest Resources landfill proposal with opposition to imported waste being the major issue. For more information contact Sister Beth Davies, Citizens of Lee Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), PO Drawer E, St. Charles, VA 24282. Tel: 703-383-44693.

CREST RESOURCES LANDFILL PROPOSAL IN HANCOCK COUNTY, TENNESSEE. Because of the strong opposition to Penfold’s proposed landfill in Lee County, Virginia, Crest Resources is trying to propose the same landfill scheme in adjacent Hancock County. The proposal is the same: to landfill fly ash from coal-fired power plants and municipal waste incinerator ash that would be railroaded to the site. Residents first heard of this proposal in January 1991. Very few specifics available. Hancock County’s population is approx. 6,500. The major industry is tobacco farming and beef cattle. Penfold advanceed this proposal with Penn Virginia Resources in a their partnership called Crest Resources. Michael Harrison is the County Executive of Hancock County, and according to Mr. Harrison, Penn Virginia paid to fly Mr. Harrison, two county commissioners, the tax assessor, the circuit court clerk, and a woman representing a 9-county Development District Commission, for a 4-hour tour of Penfold’s CID Landfill in Chaffee, NY, in January. A public informational hearing was held in Sneedville (county seat) in January. For more information contact: Cecile Muller, Rt l, Box 7B, Eidson, TN 37731. Tel: 615-272-5108.

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