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Waste Management says project wouldn't expand Penn Township landfill

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Waste Management is seeking a financing package from the state for improvements to several solid-waste facilities in Pennsylvania, but the plans don't include an expansion of Valley Landfill in Penn Township.

The Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority had scheduled a hearing in Harrisburg on Wednesday before the deadline for this edition related to the company's request for $200 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds for projects around the state, including one at Valley Landfill.

The authority falls under the auspices of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, or DCED.

Though the authority was involved in the hearing, any financing would be provided by other companies in the private sector, said Edward Jordan, a DCED spokesman.

“It's going to be no actual state funds,” Jordan said. “We're just the middle channel in this.”

The project description for Valley Landfill, which is along Pleasant Valley Road, mentions various site improvements but doesn't specify an expansion.

Erika Deyarmin, a public affairs coordinator for Waste Management, said the company is working on a financing plan that would provide $200 million over three years. She confirmed that an expansion of Valley Landfill is not among the scope of work scheduled for the Penn Township site.

“As part of this financing plan, WM intends to issue up to $100 million of tax-exempt bonds in Pennsylvania in 2013 to finance capital spending at landfill and recycling facilities,” she said in an email.

Penn Township manager Bruce Light said company officials have told him that any potential expansion plans at the site are about 25 years down the line.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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