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Dear Readers:

Later this week I’ll be back with a longer and more detailed blog on what’s happening with the landfill but for right now, I need to get two important dates in front of you.

Why?  Well, if you’ve heard the news about the attempt to rezone the 275 acres adjacent to the current landfill, then you know why.

If you haven’t heard that news, here it is in a nutshell.

Bethlehem Landfill, LLC, is seeking to rezone 275 acres of beautiful rural agricultural land to expand to more than twice its current size, doubling the negative impacts of the landfill.  In the process, they are asking to change the landfill from a Special Exception to a Conditional Use.  What does that mean?  It means that for any future changes, they will no longer have to go through the entire Zoning Hearing Board process.  Instead they can just come to the township council and say, “pretty please,” and if the council agrees, their changes are approved.

I am, of course, being facetious but not by much.  Remember this is the council that has 3 board members whose political campaigns were supported by the PAC (Political Action Committee) owned by the landfill’s parent company.  Now we all know that a PAC cannot coordinate with a particular campaign (wink-wink, nudge-nudge) but they can show their preference for a particular candidate or slate of candidates which they clearly have done.  

The December 14 meeting is an opportunity for you to learn a whole lot more about what’s involved in this maneuver to expand the landfill.  We’ll be discussing the history of the property, the history of the landfill, some facts about the landfill (did you know that 60% of the contents of the landfill actually come from OUT OF STATE?), some of the red herrings that are being thrown out by the landfill people, and the value of this preserved land to not just Lower Saucon Township, but Northampton County and the state.

More importantly, we’ll be talking about what we can do to slow this freight train down and how you can be part of it.

Most importantly, we need you to come to the December 21 meeting where there will be an actual hearing on the pros and cons of the rezoning.  We need as many people there as possible to both stand up and voice their concerns and to just be a presence in opposition.  It’s very important that all objections get entered into the record at that hearing.  So please, if you can only make one of the meetings, come on the 21st.

Meanwhile, you can find much more information on all of this at:

Website:      LSTLandfillExpansion.org

Facebook page:     Fighting Landfill Expansion in Lower Saucon Township

We also have a GoFundMe page at www.GoFundMe.com  to begin receiving donations to defray the costs of what might be a lengthy battle.  Please be generous.

And if you have any questions, you can send them to:  LSTLandfillExpansion@gmail.com

I’ll be back later this week with more details. In the meantime, see you this Wednesday.

Would you rather live with this?

Or this?


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