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Yukon landfill expansion meeting slated

Joe Napsha
| Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
A large bucket mixes the industrial waste in a solidification unit at MAX Environmental Technologies’ Yukon hazardous waste treatment facility. The site was the topic of a public hearing last week.
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A large bucket mixes the industrial waste in a solidification unit at MAX Environmental Technologies’ Yukon hazardous waste treatment facility. The site was the topic of a public hearing last week.

A community meeting to explain the proposed expansion of a Yukon facility that treats hazardous waste and stores the residual material is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Yukon Fire Hall, 124 Highway St., in South Huntingdon.

Robert Shawver, MAX Environmental Technologies Inc. chief executive officer, will provide a general company update and discuss the company’s proposed Landfill 7, said Susan Forney, company spokeswoman. MAX Environmental has said the proposed 14-acre landfill is planned for a remote area further from Yukon residents and is expected to extend the life of its operations by 20 to 30 years.

The project could cost between $15 million and $17 million, according to Shawver. The new landfill, where treated waste from steel mills and brownfield sites and oil and natural gas operations would be buried, would replace a landfill that is expected to be filled in a few years.

MAX Environmental has been conducting tests on the proposed sites. The state Department of Environmental Protection will require a formal public hearing in order for MAX to obtain state permits to expand its operations.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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