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Dump Cleanups To Resume; Volunteers Welcome

September 28th, 2017

Potter County Conservation District is entering the third year of a successful campaign to rid the county of several unsanitary and unsightly illegal dumps, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC). Cleanup efforts will resume in late October after a summer hiatus. Families, individuals, youth groups, businesses and students are invited to join in as volunteers. Gloves, bags, safety gear and lunch will be provided. Volunteers are welcome from 10 to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28, at a site along Loucks Mill Road in Hector Township. Crews will also be cleaning a site in Bingham Township along Rowley Road and a nearby stream from noon to 2 pm that day. Two other illegal dumpsites are scheduled for cleanup on Monday, Oct. 30. PEC is partnering with local municipalities and the Potter County Probation Department Community Service Office to address these sites. In addition, volunteers will tackle a dump along a stream near Burelson Avenue in Roulette Township between 9 am and 2 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 31. For details, call PEC at 570-592-7876 or the Conservation District at 814-274-8411.

Roots of the cleanup date back to 2014, when Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company was ordered to pay an $800,000 settlement for environmental violations that occurred during construction of a pipeline in the region. Some of the money was reserved for remediating illegal dumpsites. Potter County Conservation District engaged the services of the PEC, Pa. Dept. of Environmental Resources, local townships and boroughs, and Potter County Solid Waste Authority to launch the cleanup. One 2013 study identified 56 illegal dumps in Potter County spread out over 22 townships and boroughs filled with tires, furniture, electronics, vehicle parts, household waste and other rubbish. During the past two years, more than 30 sites have been cleaned throughout the county. More than three tons of trash and hundreds of tires have been removed.

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