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Puerto Rico landfill company reaches deal with EPA

May 30, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A landfill company in Puerto Rico has agreed to make several upgrades at its site and pay a $250,000 penalty as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Landfill Technologies of Arecibo also will launch a recycling and composting program in the north coast city with help from the municipality. The EPA said Friday that the company also will implement additional flood protection measures and ground water monitoring improvements.

The EPA said the company was generating too much waste and not composting or recycling enough. Landfill Technologies uses methane it collects to generate electricity.

The municipality of Arecibo and the Puerto Rico Land Authority also will pay a $50,000 penalty each as part of the settlement after officials said they violated the federal Clean Air Act.

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