4400 Mt. Pigsah Rd.
York, pa 17402
coupled with multiphase
Landfill as an option for waste
disposal has emerged as a natural
choice due to its economic benefits.
Landfills were usually managed in
a way that the moisture entering in
could be minimized. The
development of better liner
materials, helped to prevent
pollution leaching into the
subsurface and manage gas
collection. Because of this
important factor we are able to
covert waste into renewable
Pros of landfill. Most new landfills are built as Cons of Landfill. There are landfills that are
lined facility, with leachate collection and currently utilized that are unlined. There are
treatment on-site. Because the landfill is countless landfills that have been closed that
designed and built to store waste, this is thought were not built with the same level of scrutiny
to be a safe containment of our garbage. that our newer facilities have (unlined, minimal
or no leachate collection and treatment).
Methane gas is collected at a number of
municipal waste landfills and some landfills There are countless hazardous wastes that are
have diesel/gas blended fuel fired electrical blended into the municipal waste stream. Ex.
generation stations built on them. You can lead from batteries, mercury from light bulbs,
research some of the work recently conducted by heavy metals from tv and electronics, etc. When
Ingenco (Ingenco.com). Therefore, a quot;freequot; these hazardous waste steams find there way
source of fuel to generate electricity. into municipal waste landfills, the contaminants
can find their way into the aquifer and into our
Upon closing of a landfill, some beneficial usage drinking water.
of these land resources have been realized.
Certain closed landfills have become golf Landfills are typically very unatractive. Landfills
courses, ski mountains, etc. are often constructed in low lying areas and built
in cells that may encompass 50 to 150 acres (or
more). They attract varmin, birds, bears and
other not so attractive wildlife. They can have
some odor that can often be detected outside the
bounds of the property borders.
Maintain site fencing and all access restrictions.
Install additional monitoring and/or extraction
wells as needed to control groundwater flow.
Provide on-site remedial workers with
adequate protective equipment and training,
and follow appropriate National Institute of
Occupational Safety and Health and
Occupational Safety and Health
Conduct quarterly monitoring of nearby
private residential wells to determine if
groundwater migration is impacting these
Conduct chemical-specific air monitoring of the
on-site breathing zone for benzene and other
VOCs to evaluate potential harmful health
effects to on-site workers breathing this air.
As long as there are people on the
planet, there will be garbage. The
rubbish often piles up in landfills
that produce a harmful
greenhouse gas called
methane. VOA's Stephanie Ho
reports solid waste managers have
been working to turn this methane
into something good -- namely,
“The data and information
developed in the Public Health
Assessment for Modern Landfill
site, York County, Pennsylvania,
has been evaluated by ATSDR's
Health Activities Recommendation
(HARP) for appropriate follow-up
health activities. Although
exposure to on-site workers may be
currently occurring and probably
has occurred in the past, this site is
not being considered or follow-up
health activities at this time
because the levels and duration of
exposure cannot be characterized.
This site will be re-evaluated when
the on-site breathing zone air
sampling results, as recommended,
Based on the information reviewed, PADOH has
concluded that this site represents no apparent public
health hazard, since available data do not indicate that
off-site humans are being or have been exposed to
levels of contaminants that would be expected to cause
adverse health effects, and there are no community-
specific health outcome data to indicate that the site
has had an adverse impact on human health. However,
comprehensive data or information are not available
for all environmental media to which on-site workers
may be exposed. If the results of the following,
recommended, chemical-specific air monitoring of the
on-site breathing zone indicate the on-site air poses a
health threat, the site may be reassessed and a Public
Health Assessment Addendum prepared.