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Beaver County Landfill To Be Cleaned After 35 Years

The Department of Environmental Protection is moving forward with a plan to clean up the Kuhn’s landfill in Darlington Township, Beaver County.

The landfill was used to dump municipal and industrial waste from 1964 until 1980 when the DEP shut it down on legal grounds. After that the DEP placed a ground cap over the site to keep various hazardous material contained. Since then other more potentially dangerous threats have kept the attention and funding of the DEP — until now.

“We’re now at a place where we have assessed the site, and have been able to move forward with a plan and funding to properly remediate this site,” said DEP Spokeswoman Amanda Whitman.

Whitman said that although the site has many hazardous contaminants, they do not see it currently posing a threat to public health and safety.

At 5 p.m. April 14 the DEP will host a public hearing to answer questions, and listen to suggestions at the Darlington Municipal Building. The DEP will also take written comments until May 21 sent to the DEP’s Southwestern Regional Office.

“All public comments received both during the meeting, and in writing to DEP … will be considered and responded to before the plan to remediate the landfill is finalized,” said Whitman.

No exact timeframe for the project will be put in place, until after the plan is finalized.