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Landfill closure nearing end after 20 years

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 9:55 am

Who would think that it took several decades to shut down a landfill? As it turns out, a closed landfill is not yet at the end of its life, which was one of the items that brought Westmoreland County’s Board of Supervisors together for a special meeting.

Over twenty years ago, the Westmoreland County Landfill was closed, but according to the Resource International representative who spoke before the board during the special meeting, “closed does not mean finished. For the last 20 years or so, you’ve been in what’s called post-closure care, which requires you to fulfill certain regulatory obligations to make sure you are not creating an environmental hazard.”

This certainly hasn’t been cheap for the county, whether it was in monitoring water, gas, or leachate. Recently, however, two legs of this three legged stool were chopped off, with the county not having to worry about costs for monitoring the groundwater or gas, if any, leaving the pumping and hauling of leachate as the only thing left. The goal of Resource International in all of this has been to find a way for the county to keep its environmental record intact while being able to end the practice.

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 8/7/19