CLEARFIELD – PA Waste LLC has been granted an extension to respond to technical deficiencies identified in its proposed Camp Hope Run landfill permit application, Commissioner Chairman John. A. Sobel announced Tuesday.
Sobel said the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) granted PA Waste’s request for a 45-business day extension in a letter dated Jan. 28. PA Waste now has until April 5 to complete its response.
He said the commissioners have advised their special counsel that they would oppose any further extension requests. He added: “This is disappointing. We ran into this last time.” Commissioner Tony Scotto concurred.
Scotto said PA Waste never made an attempt to begin with, is merely dragging out the application process and it’s all just “shenanigans.”
Commissioner Mark B. McCracken said it’s been a decade-long process, and PA Waste still hasn’t addressed deficiencies similar to those identified by DEP the first time around.
However, he said the commissioners are hopeful that the DEP will eventually deny the permit and that it will be “the last of the Camp Hope Run landfill.”
According to previous GANT News reports, PA Waste is proposing the 5,000 tons per day, double-lined, municipal waste landfill. The proposed landfill and supporting facilities will be located within an 845-acre facility boundary.
The waste disposal limits will encompass about 221 lined acres, with support facilities and buffer areas within the remainder of the overall facility.
The landfill is proposed to be located in Boggs Township, Clearfield County, about seven miles southeast of Clearfield, along the west side of state Route 153.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection held a public meeting in July and heard testimony from local officials and residents. You can read previous coverage by clicking here.
At a commissioners’ meeting in December of 2018, Sobel reported that on Nov. 26, the DEP responded to PA Waste LLC’s permit application.
He said the DEP listed 183 items, and of those, 122 were technical deficiencies and 61 were comments. However, PA Waste was advised that “all items are to be addressed.”
The DEP previously stated that the deficiencies are based upon applicable laws and regulations pursuant to the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act and current Municipal Waste Regulations.
Additionally, the DEP stated that the comments are due to inconsistencies within the application or items requiring clarification or further detail.
“Revisions and additional information are needed for the application to meet these regulations,” the DEP advised. Click here to read the DEP’s full deficiency letter to PA Waste in November.
According to the previous report, PA Waste had 45 business days from the date of the letter to submit its response and fully address each of the significant technical deficiencies.
Local residents can keep informed on the proposed landfill’s progress on the DEP Web site. Click on “Regional Resources,” select the “Northcentral Regional Office” and then click on “Community Information” and “Camp Hope Run Landfill.”
In other business, the commissioners:
- approved payment of the bills as presented by the Controller’s Office.
- approved a licensing agreement with Microsoft.