WEST DECATUR – Ten volumes of documents, a total of 3 1/2 feet of papers, sit atop a table in the office of the Boggs Township office.
Within those binders are page after page of information PA Waste LLC filed with the state Department of Environmental Protection on Monday.
PA Waste has proposed an approximately 845-acre landfill (about 221 acres would be used for waste disposal), called the Camp Hope Run Landfill, on a brownfield in Boggs Township.
The submittal of the application means that the host municipality and county can now submit recommendations for permit conditions, revisions and ask that the permit be approved or disapproved for the next 60 days. Citizens can also file comments with the Boggs Township Supervisors for the next 30 days.
As for the people who live in Boggs Township, “it’s probably 50-50,” said Bill Dickson, township supervisor chairman, saying that about half of the people in the municipality are in favor of the landfill and the other half are against it.
“We have people calling here and stopping here saying, ‘When is it coming?’ because they want a job.”
Dickson said such businesses typically “pay well,” and PA Waste is planning for 20 full-time and about 14 full-time employees at the outset.
The paperwork filed with the state includes information that PA Waste “estimates startup costs to design, permit and construct the initial waste disposal site and site infrastructure for the proposed facility exceeds $30 million.”
A September 2004 host municipality agreement signed by PA Waste and the supervisors gives the township the right share in the wealth if the landfill is built. A $2 per ton fee will generate an estimated $2.4 million per year for a township with an annual budget of $400,000.
The benefit of that money, Dickson said, is that the nearly 2,000 people in the township will see infrastructure improvements such as water, sewer and paving projects.
With about 73 percent of the residents living at or below poverty level, “that’s the only way this township is going to get certain things,” Dickson said. “Things for people in the entire township.”
Even with the township’s proposed windfall, it leaves other municipalities that stand to be affected by things such as traffic and perceived environmental impact hanging in the breeze.
The planned truck route for deliveries at the landfill would take traffic off of Interstate 80 at exit 120 and then on the Clearfield Bypass to the Park Avenue exit. From there, trucks would travel on state Route 153 for about seven miles to the current entrance to the property. This route would carry drivers and their loads through parts of Lawrence Township. Detours or lost trucks could send traffic through Clearfield Borough and other municipalities.
Currently no concessions have been made to these governments.
The facility, if approved, would have a 25-year lifespan and would receive about 5,000 tons of garbage per day.
Other information included in the application to DEP are an environmental assessment, soil, mineral deposits, soil erosion, the landfill liner, leachate, gas management and radiation protection.
The next regular meeting of the Boggs Township Supervisors will be Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
Appointments must be made to view the application at the Boggs Township office.
GantDaily Editor’s Note:
To view the Boggs Township Public Noice of Submittal, click here.