ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has completed the $4.4 million cleanup of a former landfill in northwestern Pennsylvania, which will now be used for athletic fields and commercial development.
Erie development firm Moxie Nein LLC bought the "orphaned" landfill last year and agreed to donate 19.6 acres to neighboring Millcreek Township and retain 4.6 acres for future commercial development. The land was considered orphaned because the DEP couldn't determine who would have been responsible to pay for cleaning up the site.
Township engineer Rick Morris tells the Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/1dDskhy ) the DEP's cleanup plan called for the waste to be consolidated on the larger parcel and covered with two feet of soil. The smaller parcel has been capped with nine inches of gravel.
The DEP also cleaned up and protected a nearby stretch of Cascade Creek.
Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com