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Series II. Solid Waste Disposal

Scope and Content Notes:

A number of factors caused the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to examine its regulations concerning solid waste: the additional use of Pennsylvania landfill sites by other states, the environmental burden of waste disposal, and a lack of regulation to ensure safe disposal of waste. The DER formed committees of the various stakeholders to draft regulations for the safe disposal of solid waste. This included the regulation of facilities siting and of disposing of hazardous waste.

Subseries 1. Department of Environmental Resources, (DER) Committee Documents 1981-1993

Scope and Content Notes:

This sub-series contains committee materials collected by Coleman during her participation in the Solid Waste Roundtable, Hazardous Waste Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (HWFPAC), the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC), the Hazardous Waste Siting Committee (HWSC), and the Recycling Fund Advisory Committee (RFAC). The committees cooperated to recommend to the Department of Environmental Protection regulations to implement a Pennsylvania Hazardous Waste Facilities Plan. The creation of the Pennsylvania Hazardous Waste Facilities Plan was mandated by the Solid Waste Management Act to regulate hazardous waste and plan for the future. HWFPAC and SWAC consisted of a variety of stakeholders including representatives from a waste treatment facility, a waste generator, local governments, environmentalists and academic scientists. The files consist of committee agendas, minutes, correspondence, and supporting materials. The HWFPAC files contain a plan edited by Coleman. The HWSC files contain information on the development of a citizen primer, Getting Involved, concerning public participation in the siting of waste facilities. RFAC, part of SWAC, advised the state on the expenditure of funds generated from fees assessed on the dumping of waste to benefit recycling programs.

Folder 13 Solid Waste Management Roundtable, 1981-1983
Folder 14-18 Hazardous Waste Facilities Planning Advisory Committee, 1981-1983
Folder 19-28 Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC), 1984-1993
Folder 29-32 Hazardous Waste Siting Committee, 1985-1993

Box 5
Folder 1-2 Hazardous Waste Siting Committee, 1985-1993
Folder 3 DER Review of Advisory Groups, 1989
Folder 4 Recycling Fund Advisory Committee, 1992-1993

Subseries 2. Governmental and Non-Governmental Documents 1978-1993

Scope and Content Notes:

This sub-series contains documents in support of Coleman's participation with the DER Solid Waste committees and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club. These files include documents from other stakeholders, and those not directly attributable to one of the DER Committees. The documents were produced by a number of different agencies and organizations including the Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Group, the League of Women Voters, and the Sierra Club. The files consist of various documents including articles, comments, conference materials, correspondence, legislation, newspaper clippings, reports, and testimony collected by Coleman.

Folder 5 Citizens' grievances - hazardous waste, 1978-1979
Folder 6 Hazardous and toxic waste, 1979-1989
Folder 7-8 Pa. House Bill 1840 hazardous waste siting, 1979-1980
Folder 9-12 Hazardous waste siting comments, 1980-1981
Folder 13-15 Hazardous waste newspaper clippings, 1980-1986
Folder 16 Franklin Township and Fayette County vs. DER and Elwin Farms, Inc., December 02, 1982
Folder 17-18 Hazardous waste statements, 1982
Folder 19-20 Hazardous waste siting criteria statements, 1983-1984
Folder 21 Hazardous waste siting - proposed rulemaking draft, 1984
Folder 22 Solid waste disposal articles, 1984-1987
Folder 23-24 Proposed hazardous waste siting criteria comments, 1985
Folder 25 National Small Quantity Hazardous Waste Generator Survey, 1985
Folder 26 Proposed ground water quality protection, 1985-1987
Folder 27 Solid waste newspaper clippings, 1985-1987
Folder 28 Clippings/Articles
Folder 29 Conference information, 1985-1987
Folder 30 Legislation, 1985-1987
Folder 31 Proposed incinerator ash policies, 1986-1987
Folder 32 Incineration of Biomedical Waste
Folder 33 Small quantity generators program development options, 1987
Folder 34 Permit -By-Rule Facilities report, 1987
Folder 35 Judging Governor's Waste Minimization Award, 1988
Folder 36 Solid waste legislation from State Senator David J. Brightbill, 1993