Harrisburg, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced it will extend emergency procedures to handle New York City trash, which is expected to arrive at state landfills and incinerators.

Emergency trash-handling procedures, which include keeping facilities open to accept waste outside of their normal operating hours, were put in place on Sept. 21 and were expected to expire on Sept. 30. But at the request of New York state environmental officials, the state has agreed to extend the deadline to Oct. 15 to handle the debris from the World Trade Center attacks.

The extension is due in part to increased security inspections, which has delayed many trash trucks from arriving at their disposal destinations.