Lower Saucon Township, Pa., officials have numerous environmental concerns about proposed expansion of a local landfill.
The township council formalized those concerns Wednesday night, by approving sending a 21-page technical letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection, which must approve the expansion request. The letter about environmental “harms” not addressed by the landfill is being sent as part of DEP’s assessment of the expansion application.
That letter maintains the landfill’s application “does not address to the level necessary the impact of traffic, noise, visual impact, air quality and odor” on surrounding residents. “The list of harms should be more complete and more clearly identified,” states the township’s letter to DEP.
Discussions around expanding the IESI Blue Ridge Landfill began last September. The proposed expansion would extend the landfill's life by about five years.
In January, an application was filed for the Southeast Realignment major permit modification with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.