Carroll, Pa. township to set up task force for landfill cleanup CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

July 01, 1993|By Aglaia Pikounis | Aglaia Pikounis,Staff Writer

After frustrated citizens and officials from two states met Tuesday night to discuss the cleanup of the Keystone Landfill in Pennsylvania, two Carroll County commissioners and three Union Township, Pa., supervisors decided to set up a joint task force.

Silver Run residents have been waiting more than two years for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the Keystone Landfill, just over the state line, that has contaminated their wells.

The task force will include three citizens each from Maryland and Pennsylvania; one representative each from the Carroll commissioners' office, the Carroll County Health Department and the Carroll County Office of Environmental Services; two representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment; a representative from Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's office, Mike Morrill; a representative from Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes' office, Brigid Smith; and three members of Carroll's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.

Pennsylvania will have the same number of members as Maryland, from corresponding agencies.

Although not all of the members have been chosen, one Marylander on the task force will be Susan Hardinger, president of People Against Contamination of the Environment (PACE), an organization of Silver Run residents. She said the task force will not officially establish all its goals until its first meeting.

However, she said, one "firm goal" of the task group was set Tuesday: "Citizens and government officials are united to make sure some progress is made to clean up the site." She also said the decision to start the task force "gives us [PACE] a little more optimism than we've had in the last few months."

The commissioners and supervisors will organize the task force's first meeting as soon as all the members of the group are named. Ms. Hardinger said the meetings will be open to the public.

Carroll Commissioners Donald Dell and Elmer Lippy attended the Tuesday night meeting.

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