The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has scheduled a public hearing in response to a permit application to re-open a landfill in Liberty and Pine Township.

The Tri-County Landfill Permit Application seeks to develop and operate new waste disposal areas within the existing 99-acre permit boundary, of which approximately 44.5 acres were used as disposal area.

The public hearing is scheduled to be held on October 16 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Grove City High School, 511 Highland Avenue, Grove City, PA 16127. 

If the application is approved, the approximately 1,551,000 cubic yards of waste currently in the old, unlined disposal areas would be excavated and relocated to new lined disposal cells.

The proposal would allow the landfill to operate with the same average daily volume and maximum daily volume of 4,000 tons/day of waste received, and a total proposed capacity of around 7,565,515 tons.

It would be operated 24 hours a day from Monday to Saturday. 

It is proposed that landfill operations would be conducted so that decaying trash would only be disposed of at night, to address the potential bird hazard the landfill might create with the Grove City Airport. 

The DEP has requested that those who wish to testify at the hearing submit a written notice or email of their intent to do so. Notices should include the person's name, address, telephone number, and a brief description as to the nature of the testimony.

Those who submit a notice of their intent to testify will be given priority at the meeting.

Individuals who have not submitted a notice of their intent to testify will get the opportunity to comment if time permits.

The written notice should be sent to Tom Decker, Community Relations Coordinator, Department of Environmental Protection, Northwest Regional Office, 230 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335.

Emails should be sent to

Following the public hearing, a comment response document will be prepared and made available to the public.