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Scranton, Pa., Pressured to Ask Landfill to Abandon Alternate Leachate Line

Scranton, Pa., Pressured to Ask Landfill to Abandon Alternate Leachate Line

A neighborhood association is pressing the mayor of Scranton, Pa., to oppose a planned leachate line at the Keystone Sanitary Landfill.

The landfill’s proposed expansion has been a point of contention in the past 18 months as part of a lengthy review process. Keystone first submitted its expansion plan in 2014. It wants to increase the landfill’s permitted disposal area from 335 acres to 435 acres and pile waste up to 165 feet higher than currently allowed.

The Times-Tribune has more:

In December, the sewer authority amended a permit to allow the landfill to use a secondary leachate line, known as the Monahan Avenue/Reeves Street line, or the Green Ridge line. A sewer authority official has claimed the alternate line has always been permissible and the permit change merely fixed a typographical-error omission in prior permits.

However, council President Joe Wechsler said Ms. Maloney’s letter makes “a very strong case that they (the civic groups) are in the right” on the permit-change issue. But the decision to enforce in court a 1990 pact on the issue can only be made by the Courtright administration, he said.

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