On June 6, 2023 Bethlehem Landfill Co filed a Notice of Appeal to the Commonwealth Court from Judge Kassis’ Order voiding the Lower Saucon Township zoning ordinance. The landfill did not give any reason for their appeal.

Upon learning of the appeal, Citizens for Responsible Development-LST provided the following statement:

The landfill’s appeal is another example of the landfill putting its corporate profits above the community. The Lehigh Valley has spoken loud and clear opposing the expansion and destruction of 275 acres of forest on the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, 9/11 Memorial Trail, and Lehigh River. Judge Kassis identified at least 8 deficiencies in the advertising of the zoning ordinance. Even Lower Saucon Township Council chose not to appeal, recognizing the error-filed procedure was fatal. While the landfill claims to be such a great community partner, its actions speak louder than all the mailers and biased text polls it sends to the community.

If Bethlehem Landfill wanted to be a true community partner, and friend to all the neighbors and people who actually live here, it would cut its losses and find a better-suited location to continue landfill activity. With over 350 residents, and united opposition from surrounding communities and organizations, Landfill Warriors will continue defending the community WE CALL HOME!

We are confident the well reasoned opinion by Judge Kassis will be upheld in Commonwealth Court. Community opposition to landfill expansion will grow. While the landfill turns its back on the community we will continue to fight for the quality of life we all deserve to enjoy.

Victoria Opthof-Cordaro
Citizens for Responsible Development