A good friend of mine
'Mike' used to work for the independent landfill company who was hired by the Babauta administration to manage the daily operations of the Marpi landfill, shown here.
Having this close friend in charge I had privy to a lot more information about how a landfill should be operated then I really needed to know. One thing that he was adamant about was the strict rules set to control exposed garbage.
Rule # 1 was to be strictly followed:
All exposed garbage shall be covered at the end of every day and shall be covered with a minimum of 6" of soil.
This was required for a number of reasons, to control flies, keep odor down, eliminate fire hazards, keep it from blowing away and in general keep it sanitary and neat.
Then the Fitial administration came into power and took over the daily operations of the landfill, run by DPW. So now it seems all the rules are out the window. As you can see here, this picture was taken on a Saturday afternoon, and there surely won't be any operations until Monday morning, and no soil would probably be spread any sooner than Mon. PM. Also the amount of exposed trash is not one day of accumulation but probably a weeks worth or more.
This garbage has not been covered for many days and who knows when it will be covered? So where are the rules about covering the trash daily? I guess they feel the rules are no longer needed as you can see by the amount of uncovered and exposed trash in the picture.
This is unacceptable, but why be surprised, that's how things work here.
Is there a functioning DEQ, or an EPA office to check this out? Or will this be overlooked?