Money will be used to build a rail siding and transfer station.
The waste management and recycling firm Casella Waste Systems Inc., Rutland, Vt., has been awarded a $7 million grant from the state of Pennsylvania to construct a rail siding and transfer station at its McKean County, Pa., landfill.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways awarded Casella the grant. The company says the $7 million will go toward funding a project undertaken by Casella to construct new track and unloading facilities at its landfill, which is currently permitted to accept 5,000 tons of material per day by rail. The landfill's permit also allows for the disposal of 1,000 tons per day of waste by truck. The property abuts an existing rail line.
"This is great news on several fronts," says John Casella, chairman and CEO of Casella Waste Systems. "First, it allows us to use rail transportation to more fully utilize this strategic asset's permitted capacity. We have a number of opportunities to pursue additional volumes, and rail transportation is a key advantage.
"Second, it is an economic win for Pennsylvania," Casella adds. "This project will result in new jobs and helps strengthen existing jobs at the facility. And, third, there are significant environmental and safety benefits as well, including potentially reduced truck traffic, diesel fuel consumption, and carbon monoxide and other emissions."
The grant provides for 70 percent of the total costs of the project. Casella will invest about $3 million of the total costs as the project is built out.