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Commonwealth News Bureau
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Colleen Connolly, DEP

DEP renews Keystone Landfill’s Operating Permit
Separate Expansion Application Still Under Review

WILKES-BARRE, PA -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today renewed the operating permit for Keystone Sanitary Landfill in the boroughs of Dunmore and Throop, Lackawanna County, for another ten years. The permit allows the landfill to continue operating as a municipal waste landfill at its existing facility until April 6, 2025.

The permit renewal is not associated with Keystone’s pending application before the department to expand its existing facility.

The department last renewed Keystone’s operating permit in March of 2005. That permit expired on April 6, 2015. Under Keystone’s renewal, no adjustments were made to existing permit limits.

“The permit application was thoroughly reviewed by our Waste Management staff and considered to be in compliance with all existing regulations and conditions,” said Mike Bedrin, director of DEP’s Northeast Regional Office.

Bedrin added that DEP is reviewing a separate permit application to expand the Keystone Landfill. “The department held a public meeting at Dunmore High School on Wednesday, February 25 to discuss the expansion application. Given the level of interest, we’re in the process of making arrangements for a second public meeting and additional opportunity for public participation.”

A separate announcement will be made once those details are finalized. In the meantime, the public may continue to submit comments to the department about Keystone’s permit expansion application, by mail to Roger Bellas, Waste Management Program Director, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or by email to

A copy of the permit renewal is available for the public to review at DEP’S Northeast Regional Office located at 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. People interested in making an appointment to review the permit can call: 570-826-2511. A copy of the permit renewal is also available on the department’s website at To find it, click on the Regional Resources section in the right hand column, then go to the Northeast Regional page and click on Community Information.

For more information, call 570-826-2511 or visit