Thanks to the Lynett’s, Haggerty’s and their families for taking a stand against the expansion of the Keystone Sanitary Landfill in today’s Times-Tribune!
Times-Tribune, Scranton, PA
The following letter was sent to John H. Quigley, acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Dear Mr. Quigley:
Please reject the application of Keystone Sanitary Landfill for its 50-year, 100-million-ton, 450-foot-height expansion in Northeast Pennsylvania.
The risk of approving this planned monstrous structure is simply too great to the air we breathe, the land we live on and the water we drink.
The DeNaples family is responsible for a great deal of public and private charitable giving. But this application and its grave, negative impact on our region could never be justified by those good deeds.
If the DeNaples brothers were willing to stop accepting out-of-state garbage — currently 60 to 65 percent of the landfill’s intake — the projected five-year life of their business would be extended to nearly 15 years. This would provide them with adequate time to create a new landfill in a much more rural setting. This should be feasible because of the extensive land holdings of the DeNaples family in this part of the state.
This expansion and the resulting mountain of mostly out-of-state garbage represents the most serious quality of life issue facing our area since the environmental scars left behind by the anthracite coal barons.
This monstrosity will stand at one of the most important gateways to our Lackawanna Valley. It sits next to and would, in due time, loom over the well-traveled intersection of the Casey Highway and Interstate Routes 380, 84 and 81. This surely is not the way to welcome visitors to our part of the world.
Please consider the basic right to a clean, healthy environment of the nearly 100,000 people who live in numerous neighborhoods surrounding the landfill. We live in these neighborhoods.
Thank you for your consideration of our request.
CHRISTOPHER LYNETT DUNMORE
SHEILA AND JAMIE STALLMAN
JEANIE AND CHRIS MCGRATH
MAURI AND JOE COLLINS
KATIE AND BRIAN JAMES
NOELLE AND BOBBY LYNETT
CECELIA HAGGERTY DUNMORE
CHRISSY AND MATTHEW HAGGERTY
WENDY AND JIMMY HAGGERTY
PATTI AND GEORGE LYNETT
MEGHAN AND DANIEL HAGGERTY
KATHY AND TIM ROSE