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Complaint ID 46766 — Public Copy

Report generated on November 27, 2021, 6:02 PM.

Status: Approved/Closed

Date Received June 6, 2007, 10:27 AM
Assigned Office Coastal District
Date Complaint Closed June 14, 2007, 12:00 AM
Review Comments [Not entered]

Complaint

INDIVIDUAL'S FATHER CLAIMS SON AND OTHER OPERATORS HAVE BURNS ON THEIR ARMS AND FACES FROM "DIRTY MUD" THEY ARE BEING FORCED TO BURY AT SITES WORKING FACE. THE BAGS BREAK WHEN BEING COMPRESSED WHILE OPERATING THE COMPACTOR. HE ALSO STATED THAT THEY ARE BEING TOLD TO SPRAY LEACHATE ON THE ROADS FOR DUST CONTROL WHEN THE "BIG CHEESES" AREN'T AROUND. LASTLY WHEN THE LAST CELL THAT WAS CLOSED A DITCH WAS LEFT OPEN THAT WOULD DIVERT LEACHATE OFF THE CELL COVER.

Primary Concern Comprehensive Solid Waste
Secondary Concern [Not entered]
Location of Complaint CHESSER ISLAND LANDFILL
City of Complaint FOLKSTON
County of Complaint Charlton

Source

Facility ID Number 024-006D(SL)
Source Name CHESSER ISLAND ROAD MSWL
Source Contact MORRIS PURVIS
Source Address HWY 121, POB 128 FOLKSTON, Georgia 31537

Actions

June 7, 2007 — Initial Investigation

I Performed A Complete Semi-Annual Mswl Compliance Inspection On The Site. I Found Out That The ""Dirty Mud"" Is Actually ""Swamp Mud"" Which Comes From St. Johns County In Florida. None Of This Comes In Bags, However, Sometimes The Trucks Are Lined With A Thick Polyeurathane. In 2003 The Landfill Received A Minor Mod To Use It As An Intermediate Cover. (Minor Mod Attached) Special Wastes Before Being Placed Into The Landfill Are Profiled At Emelle, Alabama. Had Any Problems Existed, The ""Swamp Mud"" Would Never Have Been Accepted. Had Employees Actually Been Getting Burns From This Waste They Would Have Been Going To The Doctor And Management Would Have Known. This Never Happened. Morris Purvis, Site Manager, Will Keep A Look Out For Any Such Problem. In Order To Protect A New Cell From The Elements And To Stop Rainwater From Entering The Leachate Collection System, It Is Covered With A ""Sacrificial Liner"". This Is A 10 Mil Hdpe Used To Keep Rainwater From Going Into The Leachate System. A Pump Is Then Used To Pump The Water Off The Hdpe Cover Into A Ditch. A Minor Mod (Attached) Was Approved For This In 2003. This Occured In January 2005 On Cell #2a & 3. Leachate Could Not Be Used For Dust Control On The Roads For Several Reasons. One, The Smell Would Give It Away. Two, Surface Water Monitoring Wells Would Show Positive Hits When Sampled. Three, The Dirt Roads Would Be Much Darker In Color And Not The Light White Shade They Are Currently. Why Hasn'T The Complaintant'S Son Been To A Doctor To Document These Burns On His Arms And Face? Why Didn'T Any Of The Operators, If In Fact They Had Been Injured, Go To Dr? The Site Manager Does Not Know Who The Complaintant Is But Told Me The Story Of Several Individuals. One Of Them Happened To Be Our Anonymous Person. It Seems He Is A Constant Trouble Maker Trying To Get Fired, I Would Imagine, To Collect Unemployment. My Investigation Found No Validity In Any Of These Complaints. Recommend Closing.

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