APRIL 2010

DEP approves Bedford landfill environmental assessment

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved the first phase in its evaluation of the proposed Sandy Run Landfill expansion in Broad Top Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

By approving the environmental assessment, DEP now moves to the technical review phase in its evaluation of the project that would expand the landfill by 22.3 acres and extend its life expectancy by nearly 10 years.

“A thorough assessment did not identify any significant environmental or quality of life impacts associated with the proposed expansion,” said DEP South-central regional director Rachel Diamond. “The waste management program will now proceed with a technical review of the project’s design.”

Sandy Run Landfill is currently in compliance with the terms of its operating permit and has a permitted average daily waste volume of 750 tons and a maximum daily volume of 900 tons. The company also is proposing to install leachate recirculation and active gas extraction systems to better manage the byproducts of its waste disposal operation.

DEP regional staff held a public meeting and hearing on the proposed expansion last June.