Editorial: Permit Case Requires Investigation

Thank you for highlighting this issue, Times-Tribune Editorial Board! Citizens demand that the City fight to uphold the 1990 Settlement Agreement that limited KSL leachate discharge to the Dedicated Line.

Controversy surrounding the massive Keystone Sanitary Landfill is not a new phenomenon. Any environmental matter involving the dump is important public business.

That is the case now as the enterprise seeks a 50-year expansion that would import upwards of 100 million more tons of garbage into Lackawanna County. It was the case in the 1980s as state regulators cited the dump for violations. And it was the case in 1990 when Keystone sued for the right to discharge the dump’s treated effluent into municipal sewage lines beneath Dunmore and Green Ridge.

That case ended in a settlement, under which the dump agreed to construct a dedicated sewer line for its waste.

It is remarkable, given that 1990 settlement, that Green Ridge residents have discovered that treated leachate, the dump’s effluent, has been running through a sewer line serving that residential part of town.

Just as remarkable is SSA Executive Director Gene Barrett’s explanation. He contends that use of the line is part of a permit modification that somehow was not specifically included in the permit.