DEP approves Alliance Landfill expansion
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) has approved Alliance Sanitary Landfill’s plans
to expand in Taylor Borough and Ransom Township, Lackawanna County,
after incorporating federal and state recommendations to strengthen
air monitoring requirements and conditions to ensure safe operations.
“We incorporated comments from the health agencies and concerns
and testimony presented by the public prior to making this final
permit decision,” said Northeast regional director Michael Bedrin.
Earlier this year, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and
Disease Registry and the state Department of Health completed
a study of long-term air monitoring data from DEP and Alliance,
concluding that landfill operations were not expected to harm
people’s health. The health agencies did recommend evaluating
air monitoring capabilities if landfill operations changed.
DEP included a permit condition requiring the landfill to certify
each year that all necessary gas management controls are in place
and that those measures comply with permit requirements and are
effective in controlling nuisance odors.
The expansion permit also includes an initial average daily volume
of 3,000 tons per day and establishes a procedure for subsequent
increases up to a final permit limit of 4,750 tons per day if
the landfill complies with the terms of its permit.
Alliance originally submitted its expansion application to DEP
in September 2006, proposing to increase its permitted disposal
area by 87.3 acres and permitted average daily volume from 2,000
tons per day to 4,750 tons per day.
DEP held a public hearing on the application in January 2010
and provided an additional 30 days for public comment after the