People who live near Keystone Landfill will have to wait a bit longer for information on the most recent round of tests on residential wells because the Environmental Protection Agency's regional office in Philadelphia shut down, along with many other federal agencies, Dec. 15.
The shutdown prompted the Keystone Task Force, a group of residents and representatives from the local, state and federal governments, to postpone a meeting that was scheduled for last Tuesday. The task force deals with the cleanup of the closed private landfill, which is an EPA Superfund cleanup site in Adams County, Pa., just across the border from Carroll County.
Sue Komick, a resident of the Silver Run area and a task force member, was sanguine about the impact of the shutdown.
"It's not like there was work being done on the landfill and it's stopped, because there's nothing being done on the landfill," she said.
Mary Minor, another task force member who also is president of the Pennsylvania group Citizens Urge Rescue of the Environment (CURE), said she had hoped for information at the meeting on the most recent round of well tests.
Mrs. Minor said she also hopes for a response from the EPA to CURE's "common sense initiative," a proposal to create a buffer zone around the landfill and keep contaminants away from areas outside the landfill. The citizens group says its proposal would be less costly than the EPA's cleanup plans.