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Health consultation : Keystone Sanitary Landill, Dunmore, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
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    The Keystone Sanitary Landfill (KSL) is an active municipal solid waste collection site located at 249 Dunham Drive, Dunmore, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. The landfill was built over mines known for ground subsidence and has been in operation over 40 years and has been generating electricity from the methane gas released from the landfill for the past 20 years or so. Environmental concerns have been an issue in this community. On February 17, 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) received a request from a Pennsylvania state representative and members of Friends of Lackawanna (a local non-profit organization committed to protecting the health and safety of the community) to conduct an environmental health study/evaluation of air quality surrounding the landfill. The community was concerned about harmful environmental exposures because of the landfill’s operation and its future expansion. Based on these concerns, PADOH and the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) began a collaboration with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to evaluate community concerns about environmental exposures near the landfill, particularly focusing on evaluating air quality data near the landfill.

    PADOH and ATSDR reviewed the data collected by PADEP and provided the public health evaluation in this health consultation. The main objectives of this health consultation were to (1) determine if exposure to contaminants in ambient air surrounding the landfill poses a public health risk to the community near the landfill area under the landfill’s current operating conditions, (2) evaluate available environmental information for other potential community exposure pathways of concern related to the landfill; and (3) address concerns about cancer rates in the community by summarizing the most recent cancer incidence data for the population living near the landfill.

    Prepared by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health Epidemiology under a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Division of Community Heath Investigations

    Keystone_Sanitary_Landfill_HC-508.pdf

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