CLEARFIELD – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued permits to PA Waste LLC for the construction of a municipal waste landfill in Boggs Township, Clearfield County.
PA Waste is proposing a 5,000 tons per day, double-lined, municipal waste landfill. The proposed landfill and supporting facilities will be located within an 845-acre facility boundary.
The DEP issued the permits following a public hearing, local municipal involvement process and extensive technical and environmental review, according to a DEP news release issued Tuesday.
“DEP has conducted a thorough review of permits required for this facility, considering substantial public comment in the process,” said Marcus Kohl, director of DEP’s Northcentral Regional Office.
“After determining that all requirements have been met and assuring that the required bonding is in place, we have issued the permits necessary through our Waste Management and Waterways and Wetlands programs for construction of the facility.”
The Municipal Waste Permit requires that the facility be constructed and begin operation within five years of the date of issuance, or the permit will be voided. In addition, DEP will continue to perform technical review on other permits, which must be obtained prior to construction of the facility.
The proposed landfill and supporting facilities will be located about seven miles southeast of Clearfield, along the west side of state Route 153 in Boggs Township, according to previously-published GANT News reports.
The waste disposal limits will encompass about 217 acres, with support facilities and buffer areas within the remainder of the overall facility boundary.
PA Waste LLC submitted the Phase I Waste Management Application to DEP on June 30, 2017 and the Phase II application on Feb. 26, 2018. A public hearing was held on July 23, 2018, according to the DEP release.
The Clearfield County Commissioners learned DEP issued the permits to PA Waste on Tuesday morning, and an announcement was made by Tony Scotto, board chairman, at the end of the commissioners’ regular meeting.
Scotto and Commissioner John Sobel said the commissioners will discuss the matter with their special counsel on DEP issues. It was also noted that the county has 30 days to appeal the DEP’s decision.
Local residents can click here to keep informed on the proposed landfill’s progress through the DEP Web site.
In other business, the commissioners:
- approved Ordinance 2020 #1 to implement Act 152 of 2016 and a $10 fee on recorded deeds and mortgages, which will help fund a Demolition Program to combat blight throughout Clearfield County. It was noted that the ordinance will go into effect in 60 days. Click here to read previous coverage concerning the ordinance.
- approved a sub-recipient grant with Penn State DuBois, which was awarded $725,850 for its North Central PA LaunchBox from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The funds will be used to expand the LaunchBox and Innovation Collaborative with additional training equipment and entrepreneurial programming. Click here to read previous coverage.
- approved agreements with Cen-Clear Child Services for Extended Monitored Visitation and Family Group Decision-making programs.
- approved linkage agreement with Service Access Management.
- approved the appointments of Kate Roberts to the Community Action board of directors and Henry Daugherty and Michael Vaow to the Clearfield County Planning Commission.
- approved an owner county agreement with Central Counties Youth Center.
- approved five new employee hires, two employee transfers and four employee separations/retirements.
- approved the bills as presented by the Controller’s office.
- approved the minutes from its Jan. 14 meeting as presented by the chief clerk.