Patty Stewart says she moved to Seanor for the rural atmosphere.

A landfill proposed in the rural neighborhood of Paint Township would destroy that atmosphere, Stewart told township supervisors Monday.

“I built out there because I like the fresh air,” Stewart bristled, adding that if she wanted to smell New York City garbage, she’d move there.

Stewart was among more than 80 people who packed the township meeting Monday to oppose the landfill proposal Jack Fugett of Philadelphia unveiled at the Dec. 4 meeting. His company, Environmental Development and Investments Inc., would develop the landfill off Route 601 near Seanor.

The township would receive an estimated $750,000 to $1 million a year from the operation, Fugett previously told supervisors.

“I think the landfill involves more than money,” Don Durst of Horn Road said. “I think it involves the health and welfare of the people of Paint Township. We have no idea what the ramifications of these landfills will be.”

Durst said he was concerned about health hazards from airborne contaminants and water pollution.

Supervisors’ Chairman Jeffrey Eash stressed the proposal is in the very preliminary stages. Numerous hearings, meetings and approvals will be required before any final approval.

“We are just finding out what our options are,” Eash said. “We wanted to get these kind of comments.”

“I am willing to take a look at it,” Supervisor David Blough said. “I think it’s our responsibility to take a look at it for the citizens of the township.”

Fugett was president of the Berwind Corp. subsidiary that developed the Shade Landfill through a lengthy process.

Berwind Natural Resources Corp. owns the former strip mine to be developed.

Several people in the audience took swipes at Berwind.

“It’s not enough that they rape and pillage the land,” Mike Ashbrook of Paint Borough said.

“They made enough off this.”

Durst called for a ballot referendum on the proposal, but added he thought the supervisors should stop it immediately.

In a telephone interview after the meeting, Fugett said he believes many concerns can be answered and is willing to meet with neighbors. He stressed modern landfill technology helps reduce odor and pollution. The landfill permit will require all shipments come by rail.

“If the supervisors don’t want me to proceed, I won’t proceed,” Fugett said.

No one in the audience spoke in favor of the dump.

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