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The Citizens’ Advisory Board (CAB)

July 8, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CITIZEN’S ADVISORY BOARD
Cherry Island Landfill
July 8, 2013
Notes
The July 8, 2013 meeting of the Citizen’s Advisory Board (CAB) convened at 5:16 p.m. at the
Conference Room of the Cherry Island Landfill, 1706 E. 12th Street, Wilmington.
Attendees:
CAB DSWA DNREC
Anthony deFiore Richard Watson Robert Hartman
Vince D’Anna Michael Parkowski Mark Lyon
Cheryl Trawick Robin Roddy
Uriel Rodriguez

Robin Roddy noted that the CAB position representing the Governor’s Office remains vacant
to date. A letter from Ms. Roddy was sent to Governor Markell explaining the purpose of the
CAB and requesting provision of his selection to serve on the Board.
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) update
Mr. Hartman presented DNREC’s update on their activities at Cherry Island Landfill (see
attached).
Mr. Hartman reported that there were two (2) odor complaints concerning Cherry Island
Landfill (CIL), described as a ‘garbage odor’, during the past quarter. The first complaint was
received by DSWA on April 19 from a resident living near 6th and West Street. The second
complaint was received by DNREC on May 21 from a resident on West 38th Street.
Mr. D’Anna inquired if the odors were verified.
Mr. Hartman indicated that a DNREC officer was assigned to the complaint on May 21, but
was unable to contact the resident, therefore the odor was not verified.
Ms. Roddy explained that she received the odor complaint call on April 19 during the day, but
the caller indicated that the odor was experienced the night of April 18, therefore the odor
was not verified. Ms. Roddy offered to meet with the caller, but the caller declined. Ms.
Roddy exchanged contact information with the caller and urged the resident to contact her at
the time the odor is experienced. Ms. Roddy further explained that she was unaware of the
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May 21 complaint. Ms. Roddy expressed that she would like to be notified of these
complaints at the time of the occurrence so she can go out and investigate.
Mr. D’Anna inquired as to how one can distinguish between the odor from the landfill, and an
odor from other sources.
Ms. Roddy explained that DSWA personnel are able to distinguish various odors in the area
and that DSWA also monitors meteorological data, specifically wind direction, to help assess
odors.
Ms. Trawick indicated that she frequently gets a smell from where she resides at Paladin
Drive and she knows it’s not the landfill, but believes it to be from the wastewater treatment
plant.
Ms. Roddy expressed that the odor potential from landfilling waste is minimal, because waste
is covered throughout the operating day with soil. Ms. Roddy also explained that a potential
odor source from the landfill is from landfill gas. Ms. Roddy explained how the landfill gas
collection system is designed and operates to collect and control the landfill gas.
Mr. Hartman also explained that the onsite DNREC Inspector at CIL checks that landfill gas
system on a daily basis.
Mr. Hartman continued to report that on May 30, 2013 a public hearing was held to discuss
the proposed modification to CIL’s operating permit, Permit SW-06/01. Mr. Hartman
explained that the Hearing Officer is currently writing his report, which will be submitted to
DNREC’s Secretary when completed.

CIL Update
Ms. Roddy reported and reiterated that the hearing for the CIL permit modification was held
on May 30. Mr. Leonard Sophrin and a member of the public attended. Ms. Roddy explained
that CIL’s current operating permit was issued in 2006 and expires in 2016. The proposed
permit modifications include updating the permit and modifying the monitoring plans to reflect
changes to the monitoring instrument network that have occurred over the past several years
as a result of the landfill expansion project.
Ms. Roddy continued to report on current construction projects at CIL including drainage
improvements at the facility entrance and the Administrative Building expansion.
Mr. D’Anna inquired about the status of the City of Wilmington (COW) using the gas for their
sludge processing plant.
Ms. Roddy explained that the construction of the landfill gas transmission line from CIL to the
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COW wastewater treatment plant is currently being assessed.
Ms. Roddy reported that 1,500 native species of trees were planted in May 2013 along the
north slope of the landfill for aesthetic purposes.
Ms. Roddy also reported that DSWA was able to acquire solar credits and has funding for a 1
megawatt solar project at CIL. At this point, DSWA is negotiating the financial arrangements
and specific location of the solar panels. Mr. Watson explained that if all goes well, the
project will be installed and operational by May 2014.
Mr. D’Anna inquired about the history of the landfill and the age and location of waste
placement.
Ms. Roddy explained that CIL opened and began accepting waste in October 1985. She also
showed the chronological waste placement history on an aerial photograph for the Board.
Mr. D’Anna asked Mr. Watson about DSWA’s finances.
Mr. Watson explained that for fiscal year 2013, which ended Jun 30, DSWA managed
approximately 675,000 tons of waste statewide, approximately 300,000 tons of that total was
managed at CIL.
Regarding recycling, DSWA received approximately 70,000 tons of recyclables statewide.
DSWA had estimated receiving approximately 600,000 tons of waste, therefore the end result
was a surplus. Projecting forward, and based on April, May and June, the overall tons for
recyclables and solid waste have increased.
Mr. D’Anna inquired about Revolution Recovery (RR) and the financial arrangement between
DSWA and RR.
Mr. Parkowski explained that DSWA has a partnership with RR and that most of the
construction and demolition (C&D) debris that was previously received at CIL is now
processed by RR. Mr. Parkowski further explained that RR is doing very well, processing
approximately 40,000 tons of C&D to date. RR processes the material at DSWA’s Delaware
Recycling Center through a lease with DSWA.
Selection of Chairman
There was no quorum for the selection of a chairman.
Upcoming CAB meetings are scheduled as follows:
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July 8, 2012
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Monday, 10/07/13 at 5:00 p.m. at CIL
Monday, 01/13/14 at 5:00 p.m. at CIL.
Meeting adjourned at approximately 6:22 p.m.
DSWA Cherry Island Landfill Summary for the Citizens Advisory Board
Prepared by Robert Hartman, DNREC Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section
July 8, 2013
1. During the 2
nd quarter of 2013, there were two odor complaints. On April 19th, the DSWA
logged a complaint from a resident living near 6th and West Street, advising that he had
smelled the odor of semi-fermented garbage on the evening of April 18th. DSWA offered to
meet with the resident; however, the resident declined. On May 21st the DNREC complaints
line received a call from a resident on W. 38th Street. The resident reported the smell of
garbage coming from the landfill. An Enforcement officer was assigned but was not able to
contact the person reporting the odor. The odor was not confirmed.
2. On May 10th
, DNREC completed the second review of the construction quality assurance
report for the completed landfill expansion project and provided comments to the DSWA.
The DSWA’s report is intended to certify that the landfill expansion was constructed in
accordance with the permit requirements. DSWA has responded to those comments;
however, there are several items that still need to be addressed by the DSWA before the
report can be deemed as complete.
3. There were no fires reported at the CIL during the 2nd quarter of 2013.
4. There were no prohibited wastes reported as received at the landfill during the 2nd quarter of
2013.
5. According to our on-site inspections, during the 2nd quarter of 2013, DSWA has controlled
odors, litter and dust both on site and off in accordance with the conditions of their solid
waste facility permit.
6. DSWA remains in compliance with the conditions of the Yard Waste Ban. As of June 30,
DSWA has issued no citations for yard waste found in loads tipped at the working face.
7. On May 30, 2013, the DNREC convened a public hearing to present the proposed
modifications for the DSWA’s permit for the operation of the Cherry Island Landfill. The
proposed change to CAB meeting frequency was removed as requested by the CAB during
their April 15th meeting. The Hearing Officer will provide a report to the DNREC Secretary,
who will then decide on the issuance of the modified permit.
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Date:
July 8, 2013
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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Cherry Island Landfill Administrative Building
1706 East 12th Street, Wilmington, DE 19809 United States
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