PA DEP Protection NW Regional Director Kelly Burch: “Seneca Landfill (Vogel Holdings) has been lax in following the environmental regulations that direct how municipal landfills are required to operate (2010).”
Tri-County Landfill Opposition
CEASRA’s longest running endeavor continues to be the opposition to the proposed Tri-County Landfill (TCL) in Mercer County. Tri-County Landfill, and Vogel Holdings, has submitted new landfill plans to Pine and Liberty Townships, as well as the Mercer County Regional Planning Commission. The MCRPC has approved the plans "with conditions." TCL continues to try to submit plans that exceed the PA Commonwealth Court ruling that Tri-County is limited to a 40-foot maximum height restriction. TCL has applied for a new permit and we are vigorously opposing it based upon their documented record of landfill and solid waste violations and economic harm to our community. For example, Vogel’s violations included Vogel Holdings, Inc. having to pay $682,500 in penalties (originally 1.2 million). DEP NW Regional Director John Guth said “The penalty reflects the seriousness of the violations committed by the Vogel companies.” Some of these violations included transporting illegal gas well wastes , exceeding daily volume limits, failing to control odors and erosion, and leaking garbage trucks.