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Local News in Brief : Landfill Operator Gets $88,000 Fine

The state Department of Health Services imposed an $88,000 fine Monday on BKK Corp. for delays in meeting state requirements during the opening of a leachate treatment system at its West Covina landfill last year.

The fine, which a BKK official said the company will appeal, is based on 13 violations, including delays in filing documents certifying inspection of the plant and failing to file or maintain other records. State and company officials will discuss the fine at a settlement conference, and if no agreement is reached, it will be reviewed by an administrative law judge.

The leachate treatment plant neutralizes toxic contaminants in liquids extracted from the landfill. The system is designed to prevent contaminants from seeping into ground water. A state health department spokesman said the plant is operating satisfactorily.


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