Landfill could be capped by late 1997


The Keystone landfill could be capped and systems to treat contaminated ground water and burn methane gas could be in place by late 1997, environmental officials said.

The private landfill in Adams County, Pa., across the border from northern Carroll County, has been on the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund cleanup list since 1987.

The agency has been working with engineers retained by landfill owners Kenneth F. and Anna M. Noel and with a task force of Pennsylvania and Maryland residents and government representatives on plans to clean up or contain the contamination.

The cleanup facilities will be operating by December 1997, if nothing delays the current schedule, engineer Peter Pellissier told the task force at its meeting Tuesday night.

Citizens group representatives asked for a public meeting to discuss the way the landfill cap, ground water treatment system and methane extraction wells will work.

Susan Hardinger, president of the Silver Run area citizens group, People Against Contamination of the Environment, said residents may not be concerned with engineering details, but "I expect them to be very concerned about dump truck after dump truck after dump truck of [fill] dirt coming by their houses" during construction.

A public meeting is tentatively planned for October.

Pub Date: 7/11/96

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