Indiana Twp. meeting set to discuss materials targeted for landfill
By Tawnya Panizzi
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Residents of Indiana Township's Rural Ridge neighborhood will have an opportunity to discuss a plan by NRG Power Midwest LP to haul excavated materials to a landfill the company owns on LeFever Hill Road.
The loads may contain arsenic and cobalt, according to an application made to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The request said the excavated soil primarily would consist of rock fragments, sand, concrete, slag, brick and asphalt.
DEP officials will hold a special meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. March 6 at the township community center, 3710 Saxonburg Blvd.
NRG Power Midwest asked the DEP to modify its permit because, according to the application, there is a 20,000 cubic-yard stockpile of the materials that came from the NRG power plant on the site and from other facilities.
Township Manager Dan Anderson said some residents have voiced concern over potential contamination from the materials, as well as hours for trucking and the noise generated.
“We have relayed these concerns to the DEP,” he said.
The power plant is in a residential area off Rich Hill Road. The material that could be dumped there was generated from construction work at the plant. The landfill, where ash from the plant is taken, is the preferred site for disposal, according to the permit.
“This concerns a fairly routine modification to a solid waste permit originally issued back in 1982,” said Dave Gaier, director of communications for NRG's East Region. “This modification will allow the additional disposal of excavated soil into the landfill.”
Prior to disposal, excavated material will be evaluated to determine whether they are acceptable for the site, Anderson said, although tests of stockpiles from 2012 and 2013 showed amounts of arsenic and cobalt exceed the DEP's Clean Fill limits.
Duquesne Light Co. opened the plant in 1981, and Orion Power purchased the 181-acre property for $53.3 million in 2000. It since has changed hands to GenOn, then NRG Power.
Anderson said residents never previously complained about ash dump operations, only about the number of trucks that travel near the plant.
A copy of the permit modification application is available for review at the DEP's Southwestern Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Herrs Island. For an appointment to review the permit, call 412-442-4000.
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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