The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 3, 2012

DEP: Montour County barn burners broke rules

DANVILLE - Two people connected with an unannounced controlled burn in Liberty Township earlier this summer violated state environmental regulations for improper disposal of solid waste.

Dan Spadoni, of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, said contractor Marvin Yoder, of Milton, and prospective property buyer Doug Divan have both been cited for failure to inspect a facility for asbestos, failure to notify DEP of demolition activity and burning waste for disposal following a barn fire at 380 Hilkert Road on Aug. 13.

Local firefighters were called out to the scene at around 10:30 a.m., only to discover the fire was set by Yoder for the purpose of controlled demolition.

Yoder had been hired by Divan to demolish the barn. Divan was in the process of buying the property from its current owner, and received permission to destroy the building.

Within 14 days of receiving their notice of violation, both men need to submit a proposed plan to the department to correct the violations, Spadoni said. He did not elaborate on what corrective measure the department was looking for them to take.

The department also told Divan and Yoder that they should immediately discontinue burning waste at the site and that all waste and ash at the site be disposed of at a permitted facility. Receipts should be retained and provided to DEP for verification of disposal, Spadoni said.

It has not yet been determined whether civil penalties, such as fines, will be levied against Yoder and Divan.


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