March 5, 1995 |
Four years after residential wells near the Second Avenue landfill were found to have dangerously high levels of PCE, hydrologists at the state Department of Environmental Resources have concluded that the borough-owned landfill is not the main source of contamination, after all. Phoenixville officials said from the beginning that the now-defunct landfill was not the source of the PCE - short for perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene....
July 23, 1989 |
Residents near the Bethayres landfill are wary about a recent decision by the Department of Environmental Resources to deny renewal permits to the owners of the dump. "They'll just appeal it," Emil Dix said of the department's July 10 letter to landfill owners that called for the shutdown of the 35-acre demolition waste landfill if a liner is not installed. Dix and more than 30 of his neighbors have been fighting with Mignatti Bros., owner of the Bethayres Reclamation Center landfill in Lower Moreland Township for the last seven years.
July 14, 1988 |
The Lower Moreland Township Board of Commissioners has voted, 4-0, to appoint legal counsel and hold a hearing Aug. 23 on the request of two landfill owners that their property be made a mobile-home district. Theophile and Joseph Mignatti are seeking to have their 34.76-acre landfill site rezoned from a single-family residential district to a mobile-home park. Twenty residents attended the meeting Tuesday night. Commissioners Emily- Jane Lemole and Bernard Kanefsky were absent.
January 6, 1991 |
The cleanup of the 46-acre landfill on River Road in Croydon will be discussed Thursday at a public meeting at the Croydon Fire House Annex. The Croydon Civic Association initiated the meeting when it asked Rohm & Haas Co., the owner of the landfill, to update the community on cleanup plans, said Theresa Bradley, the civic association's president. The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. in the annex, which is across the street from the Croydon Fire Company firehouse at State Street and Christy Avenue.
January 8, 1993 |
Mayor Gerald Luongo said yesterday that a recently discovered old landfill under a portion of the Colts Neck Estates housing development poses no health risk to nearby residents. Luongo declined to elaborate further on the results of testing by JCA Engineering Associates Inc. of Mount Laurel, which he reviewed on Wednesday. He said a full report on the tests would be released at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Chestnut Ridge Middle School, 641 Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd. "What is there can be dealt with," Luongo said.
January 24, 1991 |
In the ongoing battle to control odor, the Valley Forge Sewer Authority has yielded to local pressure and agreed to ship more sludge to landfills. "The more you have, the more likely it is to produce odors," said Joseph S. Bateman, general manager of the sewage treatment facility in Schuylkill Township. The sewage treatment plant, which serves eight Main Line municipalities, is expected to produce about 11,300 tons of sludge this year, Bateman said. Of that, about 2,100 tons of the claylike residue was scheduled to go to a landfill.
March 20, 1986 |
With its odors and liquefied decomposed waste so worrisome to neighboring residents, a Lower Moreland landfill provided a setting last weekend for the kind of minor political drama that seems to occur most often around election time. For three years, the Terwood Road landfill, a final resting place for demolition debris, has been the source of neighbors' complaints because of its irritating odors and the fears of possible water contamination that would affect backyard wells. On Saturday, state Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf (R., Montgomery)
January 15, 1992 |
In 1974, Jess Bewley built his dream home - a two-story Colonial on five acres in London Grove Township. The 3,000-square-foot house has seven bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, two fireplaces and a two-car garage. The former London Grove supervisor and his wife, Evelyn, raised eight children in that home. Today, the dream is headed for the dumps - literally. All the neighbors have sold out, the well water is contaminated, and Bewley says he and his family are ready to move on. But not before he gets his price - $88,000 an acre, $440,000 for the whole kit and caboodle.
December 10, 1988 |
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection agreed yesterday to give the owner and operators of the GEMS landfill in Gloucester Township until next month to consent to a plan to clean up the hazardous-waste site. John A. MacDonald, DEP's assistant director for cost recovery, said the state will hire contractors for the first phase of the cleanup if the parties liable for the site had not signed a consent order and arranged to pay for the project themselves by Jan. 20. The state at first set a deadline of Nov. 30, but the owner and operators won a delay by seeking a temporary restraining order from U.S. District Court Judge Stanley S. Brotman.
March 25, 1991 |
Think of it as Williamsburg North. Or Mackinac Mainland. Or Disneyland Goes Dutch. Imagine horse-drawn carriages on car-free streets, a grand Victorian hotel, sprawling golf courses, fine homes, tastefully quaint shops, a convention center, a theater. And a garbage dump. This is the dream of suburban developer Raymond Carr, and the nightmare of his neighbors. This is the prospective new borough of New Morgan, which Carr wants to carve out of two townships in Berks County, an area that is home to 4,200 acres of hills and trees, an abandoned Bethlehem Steel iron-ore mine, and 15 people.