Senator Blake Clarifies Landfill Position

State Sen. John Blake said Friday he does not want Keystone Sanitary Landfill’s expansion to happen as proposed, but it would be inappropriate for him to use his role as a state lawmaker to influence a regulatory agency’s review process.

“I want to make it very clear that I am not satisfied that the proposed landfill expansion is necessary or appropriate at the scale suggested by the application,” said Mr. Blake, citing aesthetic reasons; he worries it would hurt the region’s image and has public health and safety concerns

He was also interested in reviewing rules governing conflicts of interest after The Times-Tribune reported the nephew of Keystone owners Louis and Dominick DeNaples was part of the team that conducted a required mining subsidence study.