Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chester's 20 year battle with Environmental Justice continues

In the early 1990s, a group of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania residents looked into a documentarian’s camera and explained how they felt about all the out-of-state trash rolling into their neighborhood.

“It’s a stench you’ve never smelled before. It is horrible,” one man said.

“We have a high rate of cancer here ... we have high rates of a lot of things we don’t have answers to,” a woman said.

“Trash finds its way from Maryland. Trash finds its way from Virginia. Trash finds its way from Jersey,” another man said.

Similar concerns have echoed through the local community as Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore and Throop seeks to expand, more than 20 years after Chester residents fought for environmental justice in their city.

Thanks to their actions, residents here will have more of an opportunity to weigh in on Keystone Sanitary Landfill’s application to expand skyward.

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