The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is hosting a virtual public hearing for the next step of the Tri-County Industries Inc. landfill permit application process.

The hearing is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 15, when the DEP will be accepting feedback on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit application submitted by Tri-County, according to a news release from DEP.

DEP has already approved the initial permit application for the municipal waste landfill, which Tri-County is planning to reopen at the site of its former landfill in Liberty and Pine townships.

Anyone who would like to join the hearing must register in advance by emailing Tom Decker, Tom Decker, community relations coordinator, at

Those who sign up will receive a confirmation email with a link to the virtual hearing and details about how to join.

Individuals can also participate by phone by calling Decker at 814-573-3709 for more information.

Registration ends 24 hours before the scheduled date and time of the hearing.

The NPDES permit addresses Tri-County’s plans for an on-site wastewater treatment plant to handle discharge, primarily leachate, which would go to an unnamed tributary of Black Run, according to the 739-page permit application posted on the DEP’s website.

The treated landfill leachate would come from the proposed landfill, truck wash water, and sanitary wastewater.

The application notes that alternative methods for handling wastewater are being considered along with stormwater discharges.

Testimony will be limited to the NPDES permit application only with a maximum of three minutes per person.

The testimony will be part of public record for the permit application and will be considered during the review process.

Video demonstrations and screen-sharing by witnesses will not be permitted.

Written comments may also be submitted by April 30 via email at, or via mail to the DEP Northwest Regional office, 230 Chestnut St., Meadville, PA 16335,

DEP will address verbal and written comments in a comment-response document.

Individuals wishing to attend the hearing who require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate should contact Decker.

The AT&T Relay Service is available by calling 1-800-654-5984 (TTD users) or 1-800-654-5988 (voice users) and request that the call be relayed to Decker at the number above.

A copy of the permit application is available for review prior to the hearing at

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