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JANUARY 4, 2024 Citizens for Responsible Development - LST Speaks Out Against Landfill Expansion, Announces Filing of Residents’ Appeal of Land Development Approvals Lower Saucon Township, January 4, 2024  – Citizens for Responsible Development - LST, a...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Citizens for Responsible Development - LST Legal Battle Ensues Over Bethlehem Landfill Expansion in Lower Saucon Township DETAILS OF THE HEARING: Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 Time: 9:00 A.M. Location: Courtroom No. 10,...

PA DEP FINDS BETHLEHEM LANDFILL IN VIOLATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS FOR FAILING TO CONTROL ODORS AND FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT ITS NUISANCE CONTROL PLAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT – LST SEPTEMBER 12, 2023 PA DEP FINDS BETHLEHEM LANDFILL IN VIOLATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS FOR FAILING TO CONTROL ODORS AND FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT ITS NUISANCE CONTROL PLAN  According to a report...

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First THANK YOU ALL for your incredible showing at the hearing on Wednesday 8/30We had over 100 landfill warriors come to witness and speak up to protect our community, our forest, our river, our history, our quality of life for over 7 hours! You showed up at 9am when...

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August 15, 2023 On August 14, 2023, residents filed suit against Lower Saucon Township and the Bethlehem Landfill to protect the 275 acres of forest from landfill destruction.  In their suit, residents Bruce and Ginger Petrie, Andrew and Tina Krasnansky, Bob and...

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Sierra Club Lehigh Valley Partners with CRD-LST to save the forest and river!

Lehigh Valley Chair and professional engineer Matt MacConnell gives an overview of the forest, river, and natural wildlife we are protecting! https://youtu.be/HJH3atC9QzI?si=YnfTUIDRxdRCEsjZ
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  • On July 11, 2023 Lower Saucon Council voted 3-2 to authorize advertising a new zoning ordinance for the landfill.  Despite months of testimony, a unified coalition of community members, organizations, and municipalities, who opposed the destruction of 275 acres of pristine forest protecting the Lehigh River, D&L Trail, 9/11 Memorial Trail, and the Lehigh Valley from the devastating impacts of landfill development, the township chose to continue its path of destruction ignoring the pleas and will of its constituents.
  • Knowing the community is united to save the forest, the township now proposes making landfills a use “as of right” on the forest, removing the ability for the township council or zoning hearing board from reviewing a project for appropriateness and to require conditions for development.  In stead of following the will of their constituents, the council majority are determined to remove oversight they thought was necessary 6 months ago to avoid the public scrutiny.
Watch the council meeting in its entirety here: https://www.youtube.com/live/PJZbPrplv-M?feature=share
On August 30th 2023 the community will come together once again to testify against adoption of the ordinance.  Full text of the proposed ordinance can be found here: https://www.lowersaucontownship.org/pdf/propord2023-05.pdf
Join us August 30, 9:00 AM AT SEWYCO TO VOICE YOUR CARE AND CONCERN FOR THE COMMUNITY AND FOREST BEING THREATENED.

Hello all,

I want to take a moment to THANK YOU for your continued support to save 275 acres of forest in Lower Saucon Township from landfill development!

In just four short months we have built a coalition of over 300 people who care about the land and the future of our Lehigh Valley!

Look at what we have accomplished!

  • We mobilized the community with yard signs, website, and a Facebook group of landfill warriors!
  • –  In a move shocking Lower Saucon Township and the landfill, we came to the conditional use hearings with an unprecedented coalition of citizens, organizations, municipalities, and Northampton County, opposing the landfill expansion.
    … the landfill is now limping along at the conditional use hearings with little to no presentation explaining their expansion plans or justifying their destruction of the conserved land.  We have knocked them off their feet.
  • Our volunteers work tirelessly every day speaking with businesses in the community, elected officials, and organizations growing our coalition each day!
  • We’ve assisted landowners in finding and retaining an outstanding attorney and experts to fight against the rezoning and conditional use application!
  • With the Landfill on the run we assisted landowners in filing multiple challenges to the rezoning of the land.  We are confident justice will be served!
  • We have launched a social media campaign on Twitter and Facebook, continuing our outreach and growing our membership of landfill warriors!
  • We have raised tens of thousands of dollars to assist the community in preserving this land for all to enjoy!  

    We are a strong and united group.   We have shown that out of state garbage and special interests are no match for our will, determination, and love for the community.

    Let us move into April with our heads held high.  Each day of hearings is another opportunity for us to rejoice!   Each one of you plays a special role that is so very important to all we do!  THANK YOU!  

    Let’s soldier on, Landfill Warriors! TOGETHER we will be victorious!

    Your friend and fellow warrior,
    Victoria Opthof-Cordaro

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