Senator Casey raised the question about how much garbage one area or one community should reasonably have to accept before it seriously degrades our quality of life and poses so many potential risks to our health, safety and welfare. It’s a good question.
The Keystone Sanitary Landfill (KSL) is not a new concern. From the beginning there have been concerns about health, pollution, leachate leakage and reduced property values.Here’s some data about KSL provided through the website of Friends of Lackawanna, the citizens group which opposed the expansion: KSL Facts
Currently the State approved limit for the amount of trash Keystone Sanitary Landfill (KSL) can accept is 7,500 tons per day. KSL has requested a permit to operate for another 50 years after the current permit ends. Follow this link to read a publication from Penn States Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development entitled Do Landfills Always Depress Nearby Property Values?
Health concerns for area residents and their children must be considered. Read this: Potential Risk to Children living near landfills Further devaluation of property values needs to be considered. The negative impact of such a large landfill with regards to attracting new businesses to the area must be considered. Our area would be better served by a 5 to 10 year end-of-life plan for KSL so that the local governments benefiting from the fees have time to plan and replace this revenue. It also will allow the operator sufficient time to plan the shift of their investment dollars to other opportunities.