I recently read where PA Waste LLC, the proposers of the massive landfill in Boggs Township, is offering Lawrence Township $400,000 for new stop lights on Route 879, which raises a multitude of concerns besides their 70 other DEP application deficiencies.
Route 879 to Route 153 is the main corridor to the proposed landfill site. When the Clearfield Area School District’s renovations are complete, a vast majority of the students will be traveling to and from school utilizing these routes, which are already congested at times between Wal-Mart and the Interstate.
This proposed landfill will add an additional 500 waste trucks (one every 3 minutes in 24 hours) on this corridor further adding to the congestion and increasing the safety risks for everyone most importantly our children.
Furthermore, the proposed landfill site is on a faulted/fractured ridge on the largest aquifer in Clearfield County and perhaps your water supply. Clearfield is currently conducting renovations to the sewage lines to prevent pollution to the West Branch of the Susquehanna due to it being a water supply for 60,000 residents.
Why would we even consider a massive landfill a few hundred yards from Clearfield Creek, the largest tributary to the West Branch of the Susquehanna? Perhaps someday we will experience what the 13,000 residents in West Virginia are dealing with the chemical spill in the West Virginia River having no ability to reduce the harms to the people.
Finally, this landfill cannot receive any garbage from Clearfield County and will most likely receive it from other states that do not want a landfill in their backyard to handle their own trash!
If you share my opinion about having this disastrous project in our county, I suggest you contact your government officials and voice your concerns!