Senator Scavello to Host Clean Fill Environmental Hearing

Pen Argyl, PA – State Senator Mario Scavello will host an upcoming public hearing with the Senate Majority Policy Committee to discuss the Commonwealth’s clean fill and regulated fill standards.

The hearing will take place on Monday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m. at Wind Gap Middle School (1620 Teels Road, Wind Gap, PA). Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Due to its close proximity to New York and New Jersey, Pennsylvania’s northeast region receives a high volume of out-of-state fill material. In particular, clean fill is being disposed of in the Slate Belt region of Northampton County in abandoned slate quarries. Fill material contains various levels of allowed contaminants and is classified either as “clean” or, where higher levels of contaminants exist, “regulated.”

According to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), clean fill includes soil, rock, stone, dredged material, used asphalt and brick, block or concrete from construction and demolition activities.

As dumping activities have increased in the region, so have concerns over the environmental impact to these sites and surrounding areas.

“Many residents and elected officials in my Senate District have raised concerns over the dumping of out-of-state fill material in our region,” said Senator Scavello. “I share the same concerns over the sheer volume of fill activity occurring in my district and its potential environmental impact, so I requested this hearing to fully evaluate the Commonwealth’s environmental standards and ensure our residents are protected.”

The hearing will review concerns and testimony from the PA DEP, local municipal leaders, area residents, business leaders and industry representatives. Individuals from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are also invited.

For further information, please visit www.senatorscavello.com or contact the Senator’s district office at 570-620-4326.

 

Contact: Taylor Munoz
Phone: 570-620-4326