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County accepts garbage at new, safe landfill area

Anne Arundel County began dumping "soft" trash in a new environmentally safe disposal area at the Millersville Landfill Monday, nearly seven days ahead of schedule.

Jody Vollmar, a spokeswoman for the county Department of Utilities, said workers have completed the plastic liner in the cell, and the county has begun depositing some refuse there. That trash is carefully screened for rubble and any other garbage that might puncture the new protective liner, Ms. Vollmar said.

The county now has until Oct. 22 to close three unprotected disposal areas and direct all the garbage received at the Burns Crossing Road facility into the new plastic-lined cell.

Because the county had fallen nearly three years behind in complying with environmental rules, the Maryland Department of the Environment ordered last April that it close three cells by Sept. 12. The state later extended the deadline by 30 days because rain had delayed construction this summer.

Department spokesman John Goheen said the county then will have another 10 "transitional" days before it must completely shut down three remaining cells.

The $10 million liner is designed to capture rain that is polluted as it washes through the trash and prevent it from seeping into the ground water. The contaminated rainwater will be stored and later treated.

Man critically injured in compactor accident

A Pasadena man was in critical condition yesterday after a compactor rolled over him at the Millersville Landfill.

James Michael Helsel, 22, of the 200 block of Glen Road, was standing at the bottom of an incline yesterday morning while the compactor was being operated higher on the hill behind him and slid down onto him, county police said.

Mr. Helsel, an employee of Reliable Contracting, was taken by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

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