Daily Volume to Increase at Berks County Landfill
Harrisburg, PA - Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) South-central Regional Director Michael R. Steiner announced that
DEP has approved a permit modification to increase the average daily volume
of waste at Conestoga Landfill in New Morgan Borough, Berks County.
"This approval will allow the company to increase its average daily
volume by 2,000 tons per day," Steiner said. The average daily volume
for the landfill is now 5,210 tons per day.
In 1999, DEP issued a permit to Conestoga Landfill to increase its average
daily volume from 5210 to 7210 tons per day. The permit decision was appealed
and the Environmental Hearing Board, an independent judicial agency that
has jurisdiction over actions taken by DEP, overturned the permit decision
in 2001. The Environmental Hearing Board overturned the permit because
it said the benefits of increasing the daily volume as outlined in the
permit at that time, did not clearly outweigh the harm the increase could
In October 2001, Conestoga Landfill made changes in the permit application
and reapplied for an increase in its daily waste volume.
"As part of the review process, the applicant is required to demonstrate
that the benefits of the project clearly outweigh the environmental harms.
The benefits can be social and economic as well as environmental,"
Some of the benefits Conestoga Landfill is offering as a result of this
approval include a one-time $100,000 payment to Caernarvon Township and
an annual $50,000 for the life of the landfill; free trash disposal for
residents of Caernarvon Township and portions of Mountaineer Village,
Shiloh, Chestnut Hill California and Swamp Roads; $10,000 to the Caernarvon
Police Department to upgrade and enhance its computer software for administrative
purposes; and the construction of a 40-space parking lot at the ball field
by St. Thomas Church in Morgantown.
A number of residents and Caernarvon Township officials expressed concern
about additional truck traffic on roads near the landfill. The landfill
will fund the installation of a camera to monitor truck driver behavior
at the intersection of Route 10 and Quarry Rd. Conestoga Landfill will
suspend any drivers from using the landfill who fail to stop at the intersection.
A second violation could result in permanent exclusion from use of the
To address the safety issue of trucks not stopping completely after exiting
from the PA Turnpike and Interstate 176, the landfill has an agreement
with Caernarvon Township for the township police to initiate additional
monitoring and enforcement at those locations.
The company will install a larger gas blower and flare system, expand
the number of gas extraction wells, increase the capacity of collection
mains and will use stage extraction wells to address the landfill gas