DEP Will Keep Close Watch on Dumping at Fayette County Site
Puko, Timothy, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
State regulators are starting close monitoring of a coal waste site in Fayette County that has a history of environmental violations and a brand new deal to take more waste from the state's largest power plant.
The Department of Environmental Protection will be on site to see everything from delivery to dumping of coal ash at the LaBelle CRDA site in Luzerne, owned by Matt Canestrale Contracting Inc., a DEP spokesman said on Thursday.
The company had about 20 violations in five years, with neighbors complaining about a relentless gray dust and new health problems since the operation started more than a decade ago, prompting the increased scrutiny. CRDA stands for coal reclamation development area.
"We want to see the entire process," said John Poister, the DEP's regional spokesman in Pittsburgh. "For the most part these are what we consider minor violations. They're what we consider dust control problems. ... Taken as a whole, it is a lot of violations."
Canestrale could not be reached for comment. His lawyer, Bill Gorton of Kentucky, said he was not aware of the new oversight plan and stressed that company had resolved all of the state's citations. The company is using the coal ash to act as cement and stabilize the site, a 100-year-old waste coal pile.
Neighbors within a mile of it say everything from windowsills to indoor furniture gets covered in dust from ongoing deliveries of coal ash. They have been complaining to state and federal officials for years about uncovered trucks letting the dry waste float everywhere, dead vegetation and a litany of illnesses, from respiratory problems to kidney failure to cancer, they said.
Now they're in an uproar that the site has a new deal to take more waste, …
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