DEP proposing landfill cover and excavation

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] has recently proposed cleanup of a Ridgway Borough-owned landfill site, located on Jakes Hollow Road off of state Route 948 in Ridgway Township.The former municipal landfill, a 15-acre piece of land used as a mixed waste landfill between the early 1960s and 1975, was found to contain lead-containing waste after an environmental investigation conducted by the DEP in 2004. During the investigation, the department discovered several 55-gallon drums containing trichloroethylene [TCE] throughout trenches in the landfill which were reburied and marked so as to be found at a later date. TCE is a common industrial solvent which was characterized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] as a known carcinogen in 2005. Its designation as a known human carcinogen was reaffirmed by the EPA in 2011.