DEP discusses plans for borough landfill site

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] gave a presentation Tuesday evening concerning their findings and proposed action for the former borough municipal landfill site located along Jakes Hollow Road in Ridgway Township. The presentation was followed by a public hearing in order for area residents to have their thoughts and concerns recorded on an official public response document which will be published pending the close of the public comment period on June 13.According to project manager Chris Saber, following an investigation conducted in 2004, the department, through the process of test-pitting, discovered three high lead areas in the location, an area containing four known drums of trichloroethylene [TCE] as well as another area that contains, according to DEP estimates, another two to four drums of industrial solvents.The landfill site, which covers approximately 15 acres, was a former mixed-waste borough municipal landfill utilized between the early 1960s and 1975.