July 30, 2008

Alliance Sanitary Landfill’s Permit Extended to October 2010

By Rory Sweeney, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Jul. 30--Just weeks after residents from Taylor in Lackawanna County forcefully voiced their opposition to expanding one landfill in the borough, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced on Tuesday it had renewed a permit for another one.

The permit for the Alliance Sanitary Landfill, which spans the borough and Ransom Township, was extended until Oct. 31, 2010, because the facility has unused capacity and is now required to propose a method to capture and use methane gas it emits, according to a news release from DEP's northeast regional office.

The facility has capacity for an estimated 600,000 tons because it's been able to reduce waste volumes up to 800 tons per day, according to northeast Regional Director Michael Bedrin. The permit allows an average daily volume of 2,000 tons with a daily maximum of 5,000 tons, and the facility is expected to fill the remaining space before the renewal expires.

The company now has 120 days to submit the gas-capture plan.

DEP is reviewing a separate permit expansion application submitted in September 2006 that would add 87.3 acres to the facility and increase its daily volume to 4,000 tons a day.

Earlier this month Environmental and Recycling Services Inc. faced opposition during a public hearing on its expansion application. About half a dozen residents spoke at the hearing in Scranton, listing concerns from environmental to aviation safety.


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