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Rostraver preps for landfill fight

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Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
 

Rostraver Township will submit comments before the state rules on whether to renew a permit for the owner of the Tervita landfill on Tyrol Boulevard.

The commissioners voted Wednesday to retain SE Technologies of Bridgeville to provide environmental consulting services. Commissioner Patrick Egros described the hiring as “a start to the process.”

Speaking during the commissioners' meeting, Solicitor Al Gaudio said he will recommend to the board that the township's comments “be limited to those things that can't be argued against.”

Residents have complained throughout the year about odors coming from the landfill.

In January, Ron Levine, landfill general manager, said the odor was caused by sulfide gas. At the time, he said the company was installing a mist-spraying system to eliminate the odor.

But a month later, officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection twice visited the site to conduct tests.

The DEP determined the landfill owners were in violation of state law, Gaudio said. The state ordered Tervita to correct the problem, he said.

Gaudio said SE Technologies will provide consulting during the permit process. The landfill is seeking to renew its permit, which is about to expire.

The township, Westmoreland County and residents who live near the landfill can submit comments about whether that permit should be renewed, rejected or suspended. The comment period began Aug. 9 and expires Oct. 7.

Jack Kruell, a resident of Johnson Avenue, said residents near the landfill are still being negatively affected by the site.

Resident Debbie Fought asked the township to investigate what is going on at the landfill.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Approved a land development plan by Darnell Howell to locate a used car business on property adjacent to Val's Car Wash on Route 201.

• Approved a land development plan by First Federal Savings Bank to renovate the existing bank site, including handicap access, parking lot, landscaping and facade improvements.

• Hired Panepino Asphalt and Paving to seal coat the municipal building and police department lot at a cost of $6,375.

• Promoted police Officer Michael Sethman to full time.

• Hired David Davis Communications of Finleyville to install a security camera system for $2,255 and a panic alarm system for $1,170 at the municipal building.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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