Federal regulators this month agreed to delay until April 1994 new landfill safety regulations likely to result in the forced closure Of many small landfills.

The Environmental Protection Agency regulations, known as "subtitle D," were set to take effect Oct. 9. They would have required landfills not in compliance with new standards of safety and monitoring to stop accepting waste by that date. But the EPA earlier this month formally approved requests for an extension to April 9, 1994 for most states.

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