State Senator Schwank questions DEP on proposed landfill expansion

State Senator Judith L. Schwank has written to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection seeking input about Delaware County Solid Waste Authority’s proposal to vertically expand the Rolling Hills Landfill in Earl Township.

Schwank, a Ruscombmanor Democrat, represents the 11th District, which includes Oley Township. DCSWA is seeking Oley’s approval to vertically expand the landfill by 90 feet.

Schwank was in attendance at a May 15 informational meeting held jointly by Oley supervisors and DCSWA. About 40 residents attended the meeting.

In a letter dated May 16, Schwank sought DEP’s role in the proposed expansion. She also questioned whether DCSWA would be responsible for costs and any environmental impact the expansion would have on the community, and if DEP would consider comments and concerns of area residents in any department review.

DEP’s Regional Director Lynn E. Langer, in a May 21 letter, responded that the expansion would be a “major permit modification” requiring review by DEP. He further indicated that DCSWA is obligated “for any environmental impacts and costs indefinitely.”

Langer said significant public involvement is available, including a public meeting and hearing, and that public comments would be considered by the department during their review of the modification application.

The letters were made available to the public at the June 9 supervisors’ meeting.