EPA sticks with landfill cleanup plan

March 30, 1994|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer

UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Attorneys for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency still are studying a U.S. District Court judge's ruling that well-water contamination on two farms could not be traced to Keystone landfill.

"Meanwhile, it's business as usual" as the EPA continues plans to clean up the landfill, agency spokesman Harold Yates told the Keystone landfill task force at a meeting here last night.

The landfill was added to EPA's Superfund cleanup list in July 1987. Judge Sylvia H. Rambo ruled against a lawsuit brought by Timothy and Marcia Brown, owners of a Carroll County farm, and Cloyd and Dorothy Willow, who live on a Pennsylvania farm. The suit alleged that contaminants from the now-closed private landfill polluted wells on the farms.

The task force spent about 30 minutes last night critiquing a plan to fence the landfill property that EPA representatives had worked out with Kenneth and Anna Noel, owners of the landfill.

"You sure took the wind out of my sails," EPA project manager Christopher Corbett said after the residents finished the critique.

Joseph Minor, Union Township supervisors chairman, objected to the plan that Mr. Corbett devised with the Noel family to put a 6-foot fence around the perimeter of the property. The Noel family still lives on the site.

Mr. Minor said he is concerned that a planned driveway gate would remain open much of the time, giving children access to the retention pond and the landfill.

He said original plans called for the fence to close access to both of them.

Mr. Corbett countered, "You'd be caging in the Noels."

He said the landfill does not have exposed toxins, but the fencing plan would be re-evaluated if tests show the pond water poses a health threat.

The task force asked to have the fence discussed at its next meeting, but members said they did not want to delay building the fence.

The work could begin, with the additional fencing as a possibility, suggested Susan Hardinger, president of the Silver Run area residents group People Against Contamination of the Environment.

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