McNeill reaches out to DEP regarding Whitehall dumping issue

HARRISBURG, June 13 – Responding to Monday evening’s Whitehall Township commissioner’s meeting where the issue of alleged illegal dumping by Coplay Aggregates was discussed, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill issued the following statement:

“Dumping of hazardous material without public knowledge is simply unacceptable. Upon learning of the problem Monday night, I reached out to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday and my office is trying to get answers about the issue.

“According to published reports, the dumping problem has been known by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and DEP for some time, but my office was not notified. This is likely because the quarry site where the problem material was dumped is in the 183rd District represented by Zack Mako. I will try to set up a meeting with him and DEP to learn more about the situation.

“I have lived in Whitehall Township for 27 years. It’s my home and I care deeply about Whitehall and its residents, as well as all of the nearby towns.

“My office will provide an update as we learn more from DEP,” McNeill said.