Please join us in reaching out to state, local, and DEP representatives to encourage them to oppose the proposed Keystone Sanitary Landfill’s Phase III Expansion.
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Senator Bob Casey
417 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
Hon. Marty Flynn
409 North Main Street
Scranton, PA 18504
Rep. Matt Cartwright
226 Wyoming Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
Rep. Michael Carroll
Gilbert, PA 18331
Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell
Department of Envionrmental Protection
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Roger Bellas, Regional Waste Management Program Manager
Department of Environmental Protection
Northeast Regional Office
2 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703-1915
Environmental Engineer Manager
Regional Director of the Northeast regional office
Deputy Secretary of Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation
Environmental Advocate/EJ person for multiple regions, including the Northeast Region
Community Relations Coordinator for Northeast Region
Here are some concerning facts:
• This mega-landfill currently accepts over 7,200 tons of trash per day.
• It is built over mines known for subsidence.
• The Phase 3 permit application admits the landfill is leaking into our ground water.
• It is only 450’ from the Dunmore Reservoir #1, our backup drinking water supply.
• The run-off from the open sores of the Phase 3 trash mountain will not be treated and will be discharged directly into the Lackawanna River via Eddy’s Creek.
• The landfill accepts fracking drill cuttings and drilling mud. The cuttings are mixed with small amounts of naturally occurring radioactive elements, particularly radium-226.
• The percentage of Residual Waste (mildly treated hazardous waste) continues to increase.
• High volume landfills (500 tons per day or more) decrease adjacent residential property values by 13.7% on average according to Richard C. Read in his article “Do Landfills Always Depress Nearby Property Values?” The bigger the landfill, the lower the home values
• Foul smells waft over the area often and reach over 4 miles in radius.
• Seagulls carrying disease and fracking contaminants coat our local lakes and reservoirs regularly.
And of most concern:
• Studies have shown living near landfills can reduce immune system function and lead to increased risks of certain types of cancer, including bladder, brain and leukemia, among people who live near landfills. Further, a study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found that babies born to mothers who live near landfills have a significantly greater risk of birth defects.
Our area already has cancer rates higher than the national average. We cannot be exposed to any more risk. And this is not a case of NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). We have allowed the trash from NY and NJ into our backyard for decades. This is a case of enough! Simple as that.