Thank you, Scranton City Council and Times-Tribune Editorial Board for bringing this issue to the public. Recent admissions of "miscommunications" and "typographical errors" in matters regarding the health and safety of our citizens signal incompetence at best and cover-up at worst.
City council exhibited fortitude this week by pushing forward with an inquiry into the recent modification of a Scranton Sewer Authority discharge permit for Keystone Sanitary Landfill.
Michele Dempsey, a leader of Friends of Lackawanna, a grass-roots group opposed to the landfill’s ominous, massive expansion plan, recently gave Councilmen Bill Gaughan and Wayne Evans documents apparently indicating the sewer agency in December changed the dump’s wastewater-discharge permit, adding a second line for leachate, the liquid runoff from garbage. Council members have justifiable concerns that the apparent alteration allows the landfill to use the secondary line for leachate, in addition to a dedicated sewer line.
Gene Barrett, executive director of the authority, said the modification only corrected a typographical error and that the landfill’s original permit allowed discharge into the alternate line.