Representatives of citizens groups who have been seeking the cleanup of Keystone landfill for more than five years welcomed a new project manager for the cleanup last night.
Christopher J. Corbett, appointed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Philadelphia regional office to oversee the landfill cleanup, impressed citizens with his nonconfrontational attitude.
Mr. Corbett made his first public appearance regarding the Keystone Landfill cleanup last night at a meeting of a task force comprised of Maryland and Pennsylvania residents, and representatives of local governments. The meeting was in Union Township, Pa.
"This is great," said Susan Hardinger, a representative of the Silver Run area organization, People Against Contamination of the Environment. "He was responsive, and he seemed to understand what it's like to be a citizen living near the landfill."
Mrs. Hardinger said Mr. Corbett seemed ready to manage the site, a hopeful sign for residents who have been waiting years for the cleanup to begin.
The privately owned Keystone Landfill in Adams County, Pa. was placed on EPA's Superfund clean up list after evidence of pollution turned up in monitoring wells.
Mary Minor of the Pennsylvania citizens group, Citizens Urge Rescue of the Environment, agreed with Ms. Hardinger's assessment of Mr. Corbett.
l Mr. Corbett inherited a very stressful working relationship between the citizens and his predecessor at EPA, Mrs. Minor said.
"But I'm an optimist and ready to go from here," she said.