Feds say Company to Pay Fine, Fix Vegas-area Dump

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Southern Nevada's trash hauler has agreed to
pay a $1 million civil fine and spend $36 million to properly close the former Sunrise landfill just outside Las Vegas.

The federal Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency say a consent decree with Republic Services of Southern Nevada was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas. The deal needs approval from a judge.

It resolves alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and commits the company to long-term operation and maintenance of the 440-acre former municipal solid waste dump 3 miles east of Las Vegas.

The dump is between the city and the Lake Mead reservoir on the
Colorado River.

The company has to install storm water controls, cover and collect methane gas from the landfill and establish a monitoring system.

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