The developer behind the project, Hazleton Creek Properties, LLC, requested a permit from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to undertake what is called a demonstration project, allowing them to dump an untested combination of construction and demolition waste and sludge from river-dredging throughout the region — but the project’s 2 million tons of waste was 40,000 times the amount usually allowed under demonstration project permits. The case settled in March of 2012.
Save Us From Future Environmental Risks (SUFFER)
In Hazelton, Pa., a developer was given a permit to fill a contaminated and abandoned mine site with over 2 million tons of unstudied waste material. Starting in 2010, the Law Center represented Save Us From Future Environmental Risks (SUFFER), a community group of concerned Hazleton citizens fighting to protect the environmental health of their community.