The trash pile is in an oblong ditch—roughly 35 feet deep and 50 feet across—and contains, based on one incomplete inventory, tires of various sizes, oil and anti-freeze containers, a toilet, a television, couch cushions, sheet wood, 2X4s, Gatorade and soda bottles, the seat of a car, and countless other discarded chemicals and plastics.
A narrow trail leads away from the ditch and to a small concrete parking space where a backhoe with a shattered windshield sits. The trail appears to be wide enough for the backhoe to drive up and down it, though the trail doesn’t appear to have been driven on recently.
The reader reported the dump to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection via an online form after he discovered it, but is yet to hear any word from the agency.
Yes, Phoenixville Patch is reporting that a biker on a trail in Mont Clare, which is Montgomery County/Upper Providence Township, found a mini toxic waste dump. This is on the opposite bank of the Schuylkill.
A commenter on the site is urging everyone to report this so it gets cleaned up. As in complain to the DEP and Upper Providence. I say report this to TV stations and ask for coverage to ensure it is not only cleaned up, but cleaned up correctly and completely.
So I looked online to see if any other media was covering this and other than something in the Pottstown-Mercury about kids from North Coventry looking for crawfish in the Schuykill and swimming who found guns instead. That was in the area of the Keim Street Bridge. Ok also bad, and were they decontaminated after being in the river? And who the heck lets their kids swim in the river?
Back to the dumping. This is serious business. Good job to Tom Sunnergren of Patch for covering it. Of course I had no idea the other Patch editor for Phoenixville had left.