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Landfill plan backed in Antrim Township

June 14, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The expansion of an Upton (Pa.) landfill received a conditional use approval from the Antrim Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Tuesday as Waste Management looks to add 9.1 million tons of capacity and expand the life of the landfill approximately 20 years.

Now, the expansion must receive approval from the Montgomery Township (Pa.) Supervisors, Franklin County (Pa.) Soil Conservation District, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency.

"We're very early in the process that's probably going to last two years," John Wardzinski of Waste Management said.

The Mountain View Reclamation Landfill is allowed 1,500 tons of waste per day on average, and Waste Management is looking to increase that to 1,800 tons daily.

The landfill services a 50-mile radius that includes Hagerstown and Martinsburg, W.Va., Wardzinski said.

The Mountain View Reclamation Landfill has been in use for more than 15 years on the former Gray Bonnet Landfill property.

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"When this landfill took over, they had to extract all that trash because it hadn't been properly buried," Solicitor John Lisko said, explaining that process created a foul odor at the time.

A public hearing earlier this month elicited little comment from neighbors.

The areas proposed for expansion are in Antrim and Montgomery townships, Wardzinski said. Expansion in Antrim Township would provide for five years of the landfill's life, while that in Montgomery Township would provide 15 years, he said.

A traffic study was required by the DEP. It found that trucks accessing the landfill generate less than 2 percent of the traffic passing through the intersection of U.S. 11 and Pa. 16 each day.

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