Pitcairn resident blasts landfill expansion
Waste Management is expanding a landfill in Monroeville, while some Pitcairn residents aren't happy that they're hearing — and feeling — the expansion work.
Blasting near Short Street in Pitcairn will end by the end of the year, said Fred Cardillo, operations executive of Senex explosives.
Homeowner Diana Burkhardt, who lives at the intersection of Short Street and Kenny Avenue, said the plaster walls in her living room are starting to crack.
“I know it's the blasting,” she said.
She's not the only resident to complain. Earlier this month, Ed Parady Sr. of Third Street complained of blasting noise and tremors in a letter he sent to the Times Express.
Cardillo offered to submit Burkhardt's claim to the company's insurance provider and suggested she contact the Department of Environmental Protection, but said it's unlikely the damage is a result of blasting.
“You're going to feel the vibrations ... but they won't damage your house,” he said.
“Everything we do is totally transparent.”
Seismographs monitor each blast to ensure the concussion is within legal guidelines and the DEP reviews the readings, he said.
Council President John Prucnal said residents should be notified that a blast is coming.
A representative of Waste Management said blasting occurs between 10 and 11 a.m. and that he will notify the borough manager when blasting is scheduled to occur.
Council members discussed ways to alert the borough, such as sounding an alternate siren at the fire station.
Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or email@example.com.
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