Seal of Lower Saucon Township
3700 Old Philadelphia Pike / Bethlehem, Pa 18015 / 610-865-3291

Important Topics

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Bethlehem IESI Landfill

Host Community Agreement
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Reports

2017 DEP Engineer's Monthly Status Reports
November 2016
December 2016
February 2017


2017 DEP Waste Inspection Reports
March 24, 2017

2017 DEP Air Quality Reports
October 7, 2016
November 7, 2016
March 24, 2017, 2016

2017 BRE Inspection Reports
March 6 and March 11, 2015 and January 11, 2016

2017 HEA Inspection Reports
December 15, 2016
January 19, 2017
February 2, 2017
March 1, 2017
April 6, 2017
April 20, 2017
May 4, 2017


2017 HEA Inspection Reports
January 5, 2017


DEP eFACTS

PA DEP eFACTS (Environment, Facility, Application, Compliance Tracking System) database link for the IESI Bethlehem Landfill. Click here to view Information on the IESI PA Bethlehem Landfill

Other Reports

  • Chrin Risk Assessment of Ambient Air
  • Chrin Ambient Air Monitoring Report
  • Air Quality Program Site Inspection on November 5, 2014
  • Chrin Slope Failure Report - Click here to view the report.
  • Health Consultation - Alliance Landfill Site - Click here to view the report.
  • PA DEP response letter from Roger Bellas on IESI Bethlehem Landfill odors. Click here to read the letter.
  • PA DEP 4/21/2015 Notice of Violation. Click here to read the letter.
  • HEA 7/7/2015 letter to Roger Bellas of DEP with Review Comments of the Technical Consultant Committee on the Southeastern Realignment dated 7/6/2015. - Click here to read more.
  • PA DEP 09/23/2015 letter regarding DEP's evaluation of odors associated with BRE and gas generated by the IESI PA Landfill - Click here to read more.
  • Mobile Analytical Unit (MAU) report generated by PA DEP Bureau of Labs as a result of the event that was completed in June 2015. The report includes raw data and does not include any interpretation of the data that was collected. This report has been forwarded to the PA Dept. of Health and ATSDR to assist them in their public health evaluation. Click here to see the reports.
  • Letter dated 12-22-16 from the PA Dept. of Health regarding the environmental exposure study that has been completed. Click here to see the report.


2016 DEP Engineer's Monthly Status Reports
January 2016
February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016
November 2016

2016 DEP Waste Inspection Reports
January 5, 2016
March 23, 2016
April 27, 2016
May 31, 2016
August 23 and 24, 2016
September 22, 2016
October 7, 2016

2016 DEP Air Quality Reports
January 5, 2016
February 19, 2016
March 10, 2016
April 28, 2016
August 4, 2016
August 23 and 24, 2016
October 7, 2016
November 7, 2016

2016 BRE Inspection Reports
March 6 and March 11, 2015 and January 11, 2016

2016 HEA Inspection Reports
January 21, 2016
February 4, 2016
February 18, 2016
March 3, 2016
March 17, 2016
April 7, 2016
April 21, 2016
May 5, 2016
June 2, 2016
June 16, 2016
July 21, 2016
August 4, 2016
August 18, 2016
September 1, 2016
September 15, 2016
October 6, 2016
October 20, 2016
November 4, 2016
November 17, 2016
December 1, 2016
December 15, 2016




IESI Bethlehem Landfill Southeastern Expansion Information

IESI Community Hotline
IESI Bethlehem Landfill has announced it now has a Community Hotline for residents. If you have any complaints or odor issues, you can call them after hours and weekends at (610) 317-3200, Option #4. You will then receive a call back from Landfill Management.

Maps
Existing Site Conditions and Landscaping Plan (2013)
Southeastern Realignment Plan with Phases
Proposed Final Site Grading Plan

Land Development Plans
Revised Land Development Submission Plans - September 11, 2015:

Special Exception Documents
Special Exception Submission - September 16, 2015:


Other:




Landfill Committee

Per the Host Agreement between the IESI Bethlehem Landfill, located on Applebutter Road in the Township, and Lower Saucon Township, "IESI and the Township shall continue to participate in the Lower Saucon Township Landfill Committee ("Landfill Committee") to monitor and review the operation of the Landfill. The Landfill Committee shall consist of two IESI representatives and two residents from the Township. The Landfill Committee shall meet monthly or at such other intervals as mutually agreed upon by the Landfill Committee members, and shall have the discretion to set its own meeting schedules and administrative procedures as the Landfill Committee deems necessary. The Landfill Committee shall be authorized and requested to periodically monitor the Landfill operation and provide reports on the Landfill operation to IESI and to the Township. The Landfill Committee also shall be required and empowered to receive, review and report on Landfill related complaints. The Landfill Committee shall be advisory only, and shall have no legal authority to bind either IESI or the Township. The Landfill Committee meetings shall be held within the Township and open to the Township, and/or its designees and Township residents to attend. IESI will provide reasonable, escorted access to the Landfill and property owned by the City over which IESI has an easement to the members of the Landfill Committee and to the Township, and/or its designees."

The Landfill Committee also consists of:

  1. Haz Hijazi, P.E.
  2. Neil Ortwein
  3. Christopher Taylor, P.G., Township Host Municipal Inspector
  4. Priscilla deLeon, Council Liaison
  5. Nick Rogers, IESI Bethlehem Landfill Environmental Compliance Manager

Landfill Committee Meetings

The Landfill Committee meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at the Council Meeting Room at Lower Saucon Township located at 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem.

You can review a copy of the current meeting minutes by clicking on any active meeting date in our table below.

DAY
DATE
TIME
LOCATION
Thursday    January 19, 2017 1:00 PM Council Meeting Room
Thursday    February 16, 2017 1:00 PM Council Meeting Room
Thursday    March 16, 2017 1:00 PM Council Meeting Room
Thursday    April 20, 2017 1:00 PM Council Meeting Room
Thursday    May 18, 2017 1:00 PM Council Meeting Room
Thursday    June 15, 2017 1:00 PM Council Meeting Room
Thursday    July 20, 2017 1:00 PM Council Meeting Room
Thursday    August 17, 2017 1:00 PM Council Meeting Room
Monday    September 21, 2017 1:00 PM Council Meeting Room
Thursday    October 19, 2017 1:00 PM Council Meeting Room
Thursday    November 16, 2017 1:00 PM Council Meeting Room
Thursday    December 21, 2017 1:00 PM Council Meeting Room






PennEast Pipeline Updates

04-28-17: Letter dated April 28, 2017 from Township of Hopewell regarding a resolution objecting to PennEast Environmental permit applications on Township property. Click here to read more.

04-26-17: PennEast deficiency letter from State of NJ DEP dated April 26, 2017. Click here to read more.

04-07-17: Federal regulators confirm PennEast can be built with minimal impact on the environment. Click here to read more.

04-07-17: Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed PennEast Pipeline Project. Click here to read more.

02-03-17: Notice of Revised Schedule for Environmental Review of the PennEast Pipeline Project. Click here to read more.

12-28-16: Letter from PA DEP regarding Incompleteness Review #2 for Lehigh, Moore, East Allen, Upper Nazareth, Lower Nazareth, Bethlehem, Easton City, Lower Saucon, and Williams Townships. Click here to read more.

12-28-16: Letter from PA DEP regarding Incompleteness Review #3 for Luzerne, Carbon, Northampton and Bucks County. Click here to read more.

12-22-16: Letter to Sarah Binckley at AECOM and Anthony Cox at PennEast Pipeline Company regarding the Stormwater Management Analysis for the PennEast Pipeline Project. Click here to read more.

12-06-16: Letter from Charles Elliott dated December 5, 2016, regarding comments from LST on PennEast response to post-DEIS environmental information request. Click here to read more.

11-23-16: November 2016 Update on Pipeline Route. Click here to read more.

11-9-16: Letter dated November 9, 2016 from AECOM regarding the stormwater management analysis for the PennEast Pipeline Project. Click here to read more.

09-27-16: Notice of revised schedule for environmental review of the PennEast Pipeline Project. Click here to see more.

09-27-16: Email from Lauren Brown regarding the PennEast Route update for September. Click here to see more.

09-22-16: Comments from PA DEP dated September 19, 2016 on PennEast Pipeline Project Incompleteness Review No. 2. Click here to view the comments.

09-13-16: PennEast Pipeline Project - Lower Saucon Township comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the PennEast Pipeline. Click here to view comments submitted to FERC.

09-07-16: DEP will be taking additional comments for the PennEast Pipeline until September 26, 2016. Click here to share your comments via the FERC e-comment process.

07-27-16: Feds set six public meetings on the pipeline report so the public can comment on the PennEast project's impact. There will be a meeting in Bethlehem on August 15, 2016 at Best Western Lehigh Valley Conference Center at 300 Gateway Drive from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to collect verbal comments on the draft document. No presentation will be given by FERC. Verbal comments will be recorded by stenographers in one-on-one settings and transcriptions will be placed into the docket for the project. Click here to share your comments via the FERC e-comment process or click here to go to the PennEast pipeline website. Click here to read the newspaper article.

07-26-16: PennEast Pipeline Project - Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Click here to go to the FERC website to view the draft impact statement.

06-14-16: Letter from Attorney Charles Elliott dated June 10, 2016 regarding the Federal Clean Water Act for the PennEast Pipeline project. Click here to read more.

06-03-16: Please read the May 2016 PennEast Pipeline Update newsletter. Click here to read more.

05-12-16: Please read the letter written by Manager, Leslie Huhn, to Kimberly Bose at FERC regarding the Incompleteness Review Letters from different townships. Click here to read more.

05-04-16: Please read the letter from PA DEP regarding the Incompletedness Review on the PennEast Pipeline Project. Click here to see more.

03-30-16: Please read the update for landowners on the pipeline route. Click here to see more.

03-14-16: Please read the email from PennEast Pipeline regarding Cathodic Testing and the Township's response to their email. Click here to read the email.

03-08-16: The Township requested PennEast to deliver a presentation at a Township Council meeting on the proposed pipeline. PennEast said they are unavailable to participate in the Township's meeting. Please click here to read the letter.

02-25-15: The DEP presented the final report of the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force to Governor Wolf, which identified a dozen top recommendations, along with a broader set of 184 suggestions, to help PA achieve responsible development of natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the Commonwealth. Click here to see more.

02-18-16: Response letters to AECOM regarding the PennEast Pipeline project. Please click here to read the letter regarding the request for land use. Click here to read the letter regarding the municipal stormwater management consistency review and click here to read the letter regarding the project municipal notification.

02-10-16: Here is the latest proposed alignment for the PennEast pipeline. Please click here to see the map.

02-08-16: PennEast Pipeline Municipal Notification. Please click here to read more.

02-08-16: PennEast Request for Land Use Response. Please click here to read more.

02-08-16: PennEast Pipeline Municipal Stormwater Management Consistency Review. Please click here to read more.

12-22-15: PennEast Pipeline has a route update as of December 2015. Please click here to see the letter.

11-09-15: Regarding the PennEast Pipeline, the motion to FERC to intervene has been accepted for filing. Please click here to read more.

10-19-15: PennEast Pipeline Project Certificate Application Filing Notice with FERC to construct, install, own, operate and maintain approximately 118-miles of the pipeline. Please click here to read more.

10-15-15: On October 15 and October 19, hear from impacted landowners and come and learn more about how the PennEast Pipeline could impact you. Please click here to see the flyer. Read the article on coalitions launching a campaign to educate and unite the PA Communities impacted by the PennEast Pipeline. Please click here to read the article.

10-12-15: PennEast Pipeline provided an updated map for the entire route on September 30, 2015 and indicated that the overall alignment of the route has been adjusted within the 400 foot survey corridor to avoid and/or minimize impacts to wetlands and water bodies, cultural resources, agricultural lands and other sensitive habitats. In addition, they indicated that there have also been adjustments to the project route due to the finalization of valve locations. To view this map, please click here.

10-01-15: PennEast Pipeline project update for September 2015. Please click here to read more. Click here to see the updated maps.

09-03-15: PennEast Pipeline project update for August 2015. Please click here to read more.

08-20-15: PennEast Pipeline route change through Lower Saucon Township July 2015. Please click here to read more.

08-20-15: Memo from Charles Elliott, regarding a brief update on the PennEast Pipeline project activities over the last sixty days. Please click here to read more.

08-13-15: Letter sent from Lower Saucon Township to FERC regarding the impact of the proposed PennEast Pipeline route on Bethlehem Authority Water Supply in Carbon County, PA. Please click here to read more.

08-12-2015: A coalition of concerned citizens against the pipeline and numerous other non-profit organizations are presenting "Stop PennEast Pipeline" march across the river. Click here for more information.

07-24-15: PennEast Pipeline Project Updated Route. Please click here to read more. Click here for the latest information on the PennEast Pipeline project.

06-25-15: There will be surveyors from Hatch Mott McDonald in the area of I-78 and Easton Road on Saturday, June 27, 2015 surveying the corridor along the highway and road only for the PennEast Pipeline project.

06-24-15: Supplemental comments to FERC from Lower Saucon Township regarding deficiencies and errors in PennEast Pipeline's response to scoping comments. Please click here to read more.

06-23-15: The latest PennEast Pipeline Project update from PennEast officials. Please click here to read more.

06-09-15: At the request of the Lower Saucon Township Council, Solicitor Charles Elliott was directed to send a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Please click here to read the letter.

06-01-15: Penn State Extension will be holding a workshop on June 10, 2015 "Making Sense of Natural Gas Pipelines and Right-of-Way Agreements". Please click here to read more.

04-21-15: Lower Saucon Township's submission to the U.S. Inspector General regarding selection of Tetra-Tech as 3rd party general contractor. Please click here to read more.

04-01-15: PennEast engineers have revised and refined portions of the proposed route based on additional feedback from numerous stakeholders. Please click here to read more.

03-17-15: PennEast has filed a response to FERC regarding the scoping comments. Click here to view the document.

02-27-15: REMINDER - Today, Friday, February 27, 2015, is the deadline to file your comments to FERC.

02-26-15: The scoping comments on the PennEast Pipeline project have been filed. Please click here to see the scoping comments and click here to see the appendices to the comments.

02-18-15: Residents can submit comments and documents to FERC at www.ferc.gov through their eComment or their eFiling.

01-22-15: Lower Saucon Township Council approved Resolution No. 32-2015 at their January 21, 2015 Council meeting opposing the construction of the proposed PennEast Pipeline through Lower Saucon Township. Please click here to read the resolution

01-16-15: PennEast Pipeline continues to evaluate route options throughout FERC's review process. The interactive mapping tool was updated and reflects the survey corridor associated with the current preferred alternative route. Please click here to read the article and see the link to direct you to the revised interactive mapping tool.

12-03-14: Please click here to see PennEast Pipeline's revised pipeline map showing the Hellertown 12-02-14:
Please click here to see PennEast Pipeline's project overview of their project.

11-26-14: PennEast Pipeline provided various maps for Lower Saucon Township regarding the proposed pipeline. Click here to see the map of the Township showing the new route on the east side of SR33 and Lehigh River crossing. Click here to see the map of the Township with environmental features overlaid. Click here to see the map of the area showing any geological faults.

11-05-14: PennEast Pipeline Company has developed an interactive mapping tool to assist landowners, neighbors and community leaders. Click here to read the letter from Alisa Harris from PennEast Pipeline Company.

10-24-14: PennEast Pipeline Company invites you to their open houses to provide you with accurate information on the proposed pipeline. Click here to find out the date and where the open houses will take place.

10-17-14: Information on PennEast Pipeline Project pertaining to Lower Saucon Township. There are four sections to ther PowerPoint document. Click on each section. Section 1; Section 2; Section 3; Section 4.

10-13-14: On October 10th, PennEast provided the attached map of the proposed route through Lower Saucon Township. Click here to view the map.

10-10-14: Here are frequently asked questions about the PennEast Pipeline Project. Click here to view the FAQ's.

10-09-14: Included in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filing were more specific maps showing the proposed route. Click here to view USGS Topographic Quadrangle Map of Lower Saucon Township.

10-09-14: The following message was received from the PennEast Pipe project representatives on October 8, 2014:

Dear Community Leader,
On October 7, 2014, PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC, submitted its formal request to initiate pre-filing review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The application is the first step in requesting FERC certificate approval for the proposed pipeline. PennEast Pipeline is not required to use the comprehensive, multi-step FERC pre-filing review process; however, PennEast chose to request pre-filing in order to work cooperatively with the FERC staff on the technical engineering and environmental aspects of the project before a formal application is submitted.

The pre-filing process creates the framework for the environmental analysis required of the location, design and permitting for construction of the proposed natural gas pipeline. Pre-filing also includes a formal structure for stakeholders along the proposed route to provide input and opinions regarding the proposed PennEast Pipeline.

If approved for the pre-filing process, FERC will assign the PennEast Pipeline Project a docket number (Note: FERC Docket Number: Click here and then click on "File List" to view documents submitted with filing) and PennEast will share the docket number through its website and news release. Once a docket number is assigned, FERC will accept public comment regarding the proposal. PennEast anticipates beginning the process of submitting project documents to FERC by the end of October and plans to complete pre-filing and file a formal application in spring 2015.

Alisa E. Harris
PennEast Pipeline
Government and Community Affairs




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