The majority of Scranton City Council has come out against the mammoth, 50-year proposed expansion of Keystone Sanitary Landfill, but Acting Mayor Bill Courtright figures the state knows best.

“Obviously, the main concern is the health and safety of all the people. But DEP is charged with investigating this, and I’d like to see what they have to say before stating an opinion,” said the Bystander-in-Chief.

TRANSLATION: “I’m too busy not solving Scranton’s problems to think about a landfill in Dunmore and Throop.”

But the landfill expansion would adversely affect the entire region, something council President Bob McGoff and Councilmen Wayne Evans, Bill Gaughan and Joe Wechsler understand.

“I think we need to take a stand,” Mr. Gaughan said. “I think that we, as a body, need to come out as one body, the city of Scranton, and make a strong statement against the expansion of the landfill. It affects us, so we should take a strong stand against it. If we don’t take a stand, what’s the point of being in office?”

Don’t ask Pat Rogan, who apparently is still a member of council. Who knew?

“I want to see what the state has to say before giving any opinion … I’m not an expert on landfills and I don’t think anyone on the governing body is.”

None of my colleagues are either, but we’re pretty sure that more out-of-state trash isn’t what the region needs.

Read Staff Writer Jim Lockwood‘s story here.

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