Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed
Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): Strasburg Landfill covers 22 acres near Coatesville in western Newlin Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. In 1973, Strasburg Associates was formed and purchased the site. In 1975, Strasburg Associates received a permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (PA DER) to accept municipal wastes. During 1976-78, opening of the landfill was held up by problems between the company and West Bradford Township concerning (1) use of "residentially zoned" roads, (2) proposed sale of the landfill to Strasburg Landfill Associates, and (3) permitting of a proposed 200-acre expansion. Strasburg Landfill Associates purchased the site in August 1978. In February 1979, the 22-acre landfill opened under new PA DER permits for certain industrial wastes. Between 500 and 600 tons of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) wastes were accepted at the landfill in 1979, according to EPA. Several potentially responsible parties who disposed of waste in the landfill have been identified. PA DER fined Strasburg Landfill Associates $7,000 in December 1979 for causing excessive silting of Briar Run Creek. In August 1980, PA DER permanently prohibited the landfill from receiving industrial wastes. PA DER fined the company $53,025 in April 1983 for violations, including slopes in excess of allowed limits, failure to cover compacted wastes, and inadequate sedimentation controls. More...
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