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Iesi Bethlehem Landfill
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Lower Saucon Township Police say Keith O. Henritzy, of the 900 block of Pear Road, Lehigh Township, was found trespassing on IESI Bethlehem Landfill property on Jan. 18.
A man who was wearing "full camo" was "carrying a treestand" when he was allegedly discovered trespassing on IESI Bethlehem Landfill property Jan. 18, Lower Saucon Township Police said Sunday in a press release. According to police, Keith O. Henritzy, of the 900 block of Pear Road, Lehigh Township, crawled under a fence in order to access the property. Police said a rifle was located at the site of Henritzy's treestand, and that--in addition to criminal trespassing--he will be charged with "multiple game law violations."
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Lower Saucon Township Council will discuss the matter of rezoning property adjacent to IESI Bethlehem Landfill at tonight's council meeting at 7pm in Town Hall.
After hearing from landfill representatives, experts and critics at their last meeting, Lower Saucon Township Council members are once again scheduled to discuss the proposed rezoning of land near Applebutter Road at tonight's meeting. Rezoning the land would make it possible for the landfill to proceed with plans for its proposed western expansion, although a zoning change would not guarantee an expansion of the trash-dumping facility. Last month, the township's planning commission voted 6-1 against recommending a zoning change, following months of testimony from residents who say they fear the impact a larger landfill would have on their quality of life, their property values, their health and safety, and the environment. "I know people …
Monday, October 1, 2012
The 5-1 decision to oppose a request by IESI Bethlehem Landfill to rezone property it owns near its Applebutter Road facility came at a Sept. 27 meeting of the Lower Saucon Township Planning Commission.
Correction: An earlier published version of this article indicated that the planning commission vote to oppose the rezoning of land near IESI Bethlehem Landfill was 5-1 against the rezoning. This article has been updated and corrected to reflect the fact that the vote was actually 6-1. A decision by the Lower Saucon Township Planning Commission to oppose IESI Bethlehem Landfill's rezoning request for property it owns near its Applebutter Road facility was met Thursday with loud applause from residents who've rallied against any rezoning and the expansion of the landfill it would make possible. The 6-1 vote came after more than an hour of emotional testimony by many residents of Steel City, who have repeatedly told both council and the …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
A "No Rezoning" flyer was placed on the windshields of cars parked at the Giant Food Store in Lower Saucon Township Wednesday night. Local residents were urged to attend tonight's township planning commission meeting.
Area residents opposed to a proposed rezoning that could benefit IESI Bethlehem Landfill targeted Giant shoppers Wednesday evening with flyers placed on car windshields outside the supermarket in Lower Saucon Township. The flyers urged township residents to attend a "very important" meeting of the Lower Saucon Township Planning Commission tonight at 7pm at the Saucon Valley High School auditorium. "Come show your support to stop the landfill expansion in Lower Saucon Township," the flyers stated. "You can speak up to say 'VOTE NO.' Let's keep the natural resources in our township instead of an expansion of the landfill." The flyer also asked residents to sign a petition opposing the landfill rezoning at svfold.org--a website established by…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
According to a Landfill Funds Report recently released by Lower Saucon Township, IESI Bethlehem Landfill was the source of more than $2 million in revenue in 2011.
Can IESI Bethlehem Landfill be considered a Lower Saucon Township "cash cow?" In light of recently released numbers that are part of a "Landfill Funds Report" prepared by township officials, the answer to that question would seem to be "yes." According to the report, which is posted in the Township News section of the Lower Saucon Township website, revenue from the Applebutter Road facility-- including host fees--represented the township's second largest source of income in 2011. The total revenue from the landfill last year was $2,034,150.79, which was just $5,000 less than the total revenue from earned income tax ($2,039,462.27). Other significant revenue sources for the township include real estate transfer taxes, deed transfer taxes, …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Opponents of a proposed expansion by IESI Bethlehem Landfill in Lower Saucon Township have created a website and petition to help rally support and draw attention to their cause.
Local residents who oppose a rezoning request by IESI Bethlehem Landfill have launched a website to help rally support for their opposition. The landfill is petitioning township officials for rezoning of property it has purchased west of the current landfill on Applebutter Road; an action that would help pave the way for the facility's so-called "western expansion." The western expansion, as outlined by landfill officials earlier this year, could extend the lifespan of the landfill--and the income in the form of host fees it generates for Lower Saucon Township--by as much as a decade. At subsequent Lower Saucon Township council and planning commission meetings, however, many residents who live near the landfill have spoken out against an …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Lower Saucon Township Police say John Sabatelli, of Exeter, was injured in an accident at IESI Bethlehem Landfill July 17.
A truck driver was injured and "covered in blood" when police officers arrived at the scene of an accident at IESI Bethlehem Landfill July 17, the Lower Saucon Police Department reported Wednesday. In a press release, police said they responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident with an ejection at the landfill at approximately 2:58pm. The landfill is located at 2335 Applebutter Road. Police said that "upon arrival, a Volvo tri-axle was observed balancing on the side of an embankment with a bulldozer keeping it in place so it wouldn't (start) tumbling over any further." Police identified the driver of the truck as John Sabatelli, of the 100 block of Mason Street, Exeter, Pa., and said he was located "halfway between the two tiers/…
Friday, July 13, 2012
The Lower Saucon Township Planning Commission should discourage the expansion of the Applebutter Road dump. If it doesn't, Lower Saucon should dump the planning commission.
An attractive, youngish woman was crying on the steps of the Lower Saucon Township building when I came out of the planning commission meeting June 28. She was smoking a cigarette trying to calm herself. I asked if I could help. She told me she was crying because the home she shares with her husband, five children and her aging parents is adjacent to an area that could be rezoned--and if so, part of a future expansion of Lower Saucon's dump. Although the planning commission tabled consideration of two plans ("A" and "B") that would rezone landfill-owned property near Applebutter Road, she was sure the landfill will be successful in its effort to get the rezoning approved. The thought of having to live adjacent to the dump was more than she…
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
At Township Council's June 20 meeting, Lower Saucon residents spent more than an hour asking questions and registering concerns related to the possible rezoning of land near IESI Bethlehem Landfill.
The June 20 meeting of Lower Saucon Township Council was another evening filled with landfill-related questions and concerns, as residents--primarily from the Steel City section of the township--took to the speaker's podium to address everything from noise issues to the potential impact to taxpayers of IESI Bethlehem Landfill's closure. The landfill announced a western expansion plan earlier this year, and is currently seeking the rezoning of property to the west of its facility on Applebutter Road that would allow for an expansion. However, in recent months dozens of residents who live within several miles of the landfill have become increasingly vocal--and organized--in their opposition to the IESI proposal. The de facto leader of the …