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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Camp clearing illegal dump site

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    PRESTON TWP. - A cleanup is nearly completed of a large trash heap found last month at Independent Lake Camp, said Colleen Connolly, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.
    The DEP had issued a notice of violation to the camp last month saying it had until July 3 to clean up the illegal dump site.
    The dump, which consisted of about an acre, was discovered after it caught fire in early June.
    The camp, off Doyle Road, did not have a permit for the dump.
    Connolly said Monday the cleanup had been somewhat delayed due to a lack of roll-off containers, but it is expected to be completed by the end of the week.
    The camp owners are cooperating in the process and it is yet to be determined what fines they may face, Connolly said.
    The description of the violation states camp owners Daniel and Anne Gould "dumped or deposited and burned solid waste on the surface of the ground without a permit from the Department and contrary to the Solid Waste Management Act and the Department's rules and regulations."
    Daniel Gould said Monday the DEP and the camp are satisfied with the progress. He declined further comment.
    It was unclear how the fire started.
    The huge garbage pile consisted of household trash, tires, plastic chairs and other plastic items, bricks, wooden doors, cans and other waste.
    The DEP had received a tip in April about the site, but couldn't get on the property because the camp was closed, Connolly has said.
    The DEP sent an inspector to the site after seeing footage of the fire on social media.
    Page 2 of 2 - The order from the DEP said, in part, the Goulds must immediately cease the dumping, depositing and burning of solid waste on the surface of the ground at the site; and remove all solid waste, including ash residue, within 30 days and dispose of it at a facility permitted to accept such waste.
    About 50 firefighters responded to the scene from Northern Wayne, Pleasant Mount, Union Dale, Browndale and Thompson.

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