Novak Sanitary Landfill
UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
REGION III- OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
1650 Arch Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2029
Phone - 215/814-5100 Fax - 215/814-5102
EPA Environmental News
This project will cap and upgrade the landfill, making the site safe and modern. This landfill is no longer open, and it will stay closed. Over the last year, workers:
- Improved the access and exit roads at the site
- Built a fence around the landfill
- Removed vegetation from the trash disposal areas
- Gathered loose trash found on top of the landfill
- Consolidated the trash areas, where possible
- Contoured the land so that storm-water flows into site ponds (basins)
- Created basins to catch storm-water runoff
- Installed parts of the landfill gas vents
- Installed parts of the liquid (leachate) collection system
The project team is committed to finishing the work in 2001. We are confident that we will reach this goal despite the rains, rock and extra trash that we encountered.
This spring, workers will start trucking in clean soil needed for the cap. We are working to minimize the impact of our trucking needs, taking into account the schedules of nearby schools. A new trucking route is in place, which you can see on page two. We will also:
- Finish studies and finalize plans for extending the cap
- Finish building landfill components, such as wells and vents
- Start gathering supplies and bring them to the site
- Start collecting landfill leachate
We need clean soil for the capping project, which we will bring in from the quarry by truck. The quarry has a new access road. Because of this, we will not have to use North Cedar Crest Road, Willow Street, or Quarry Street. The new truck route is shown below.
The Project Team
- A group of companies that used this landfill (Funding for this project)
- de maximis (Project Coordination and Management)
- IT Corporation (Contractor doing the cleanup and capping work)
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Federal regulatory and review agency)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) (Project oversight contractor for EPA)
- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) (State regulatory and review agency)
All of us would like to thank the neighbors living near the site for their patience and cooperation during the construction. We appreciate your graciousness as we work to ensure a cleaner environment for everyone.
Construction Progress: Some Unexepected Surprises
Over the past year, we encountered rains, rock and extra trash. However, these things will not delay our goal of finishing all of the capping work in 2001. More information follows on these aspects of the construction project.
Heavy summer rains slowed the site work. The southeast basin is shown on the right. This picture was taken after a September rainstorm. The basins are successfully containing storm-water runoff.
Large amounts of trash were found near the site entrance that faces Lime Kiln Road. Historical aerial photos and prior studies during the design did not show trash in this area. More workers were brought to the project so we could better keep to the construction schedule. Because of the extra trash, workers will demolish a garage that sits atop this garbage and extend the landfill cap.
The new trash we discovered included tires. These tires were shredded, then spread on the landfill. Shredding allows more effective capping, and helps keep the cap from getting punctured.
Unexpected presence of bed- rock slowed construction of the storm-water basins. The basin shapes were changed to avoid more delays due to rocks. The new designs still meet all environmental requirements. On the right, an excavator breaks rocks with a jack-hammer.
For More Information
If you have questions about this work or want more information, please call one of these EPA employees:
EPA Project Manager
EPA Community Involvement Coordinator
Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region III (Brown/3HS43)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Please visit us online!
Novak Landfill Website
Public Information Files
EPA keeps public files in your community. In them you'll find information EPA used in making decisions about this site and its cleanup. These files are sometimes called an "Administrative Record" or "Information Repository". Please feel free to visit this location to review our files:
Parkland Community Library
4422 Walbert Avenue
Allentown, PA 18104
A set of these files is also available in EPA's offices. Please call ahead to schedule a visit to our Public Reading Room. We are located at: U.S. EPA Region III, 1650 Arch Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Reach the Reading Room by dialing (215) 814-3157.