DEP to hold meeting on permit modification for Hatfield’s Ferry landfill

The state Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting May 21 on a proposal from FirstEnergy to modify the permit for the coal combustion landfill at its Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Monongahela Township.

The state Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting May 21 on a proposal from FirstEnergy to modify the permit for the coal combustion byproducts landfill at its Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Monongahela Township.

FirstEnergy has applied for a permit modification to allow it to use the Hatfield’s Ferry landfill to dispose of coal combustion byproducts from its Bruce Mansfield Power Plant in Beaver County.

The Hatfield’s Ferry landfill has not been used since the Hatfield’s station closed in October 2013.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Carmichaels Area Junior-Senior High School auditorium.

It will include an open question and answer format with representatives from DEP and FirstEnergy taking questions on the proposal and the process for permit modification being requested by the company.

First Energy plans to ship coal combustion byproducts by barge up the Ohio and Monongahela rivers from Bruce Mansfield to Hatfield’s Ferry.

The company is required under a consent agreement with DEP to close the landfill at Bruce Mansfield, known as Little Blue Run, by the end of 2016.

It must find another site to dispose of the material to keep the Bruce Mansfield plant in operation and one of the options it is considering is to dispose of it in the 106-acre Hatfield’s Ferry landfill, a company spokeswoman said earlier.

Coal combustion byproducts are made up of coal ash and power plant scrubber waste. According to DEP, the landfill at Hatfield’s Ferry is lined and meets all the requirements of both DEP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition to the public meeting, DEP’s Southwest Region Waste Management Program will be taking written comments and questions about the proposal until June 2. Those may be addressed to Waste Management Program Manager, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

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