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Senator Casey Opposes Keystone Landfill Expansion Plan

Senator Casey Opposes Keystone Landfill Expansion Plan

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey opposes Keystone Sanitary Landfill’s nearly half-century expansion plan and sees the proposal as more than just a local issue, the senator said during a Friday press conference at his Scranton office.

“In this case you have two communities that have already accepted a substantial share of solid waste, and there has to be some limit to that,” the Democrat said. “I would hope there could be an exploration of other options, other sites.”

Under current state law, there is not necessarily any end to how much waste individual communities like Dunmore and Throop can accept or to how high landfills can pile waste as long as the state Department of Environmental Protection approves an expansion.

That was a concern constituents raised in 175 letters and emails to Casey’s Scranton office, and at a recent DEP public meeting, where agency officials spoke on the topic.

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