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Drum carcasses leak a black oily substance at PennDOT’s Shohola Stockpile #6 site on Route 6 in Shohola, PA.

What lurks in the earth at PennDOT’s stockpile?

Dumping practices cause concerns; EPA moves to monitor cleanup

By SANDY LONG

SHOHOLA AND LACKAWAXEN TOWNSHIPS, PA—As if what’s been unearthed from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT’s) former Shohola Stockpile #6 site isn’t alarming enough, it’s what might still be buried there that is raising concerns among township and agency officials. In addition to guide rail sections, storage trailers, stumps, tires, road signs, construction debris, steel cables, pipe sections, concrete pieces, utility poles, scrap metals, tar, line paint and household garbage found to date, unidentified sources have charged that potentially more serious toxins such as herbicides and pesticides lie buried at the site.

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New federal farm bill fails local farmers

Specter and Casey amendment defeated

By TOM KANE

WASHINGTON, DC - Dairy farmers are unhappy, but not surprised, that a bill to help them get a fair price for their milk was rejected by the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

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Mohawks take Kempthorne to court

Tribe seeks to compel action on casino

By FRITZ MAYER

WASHINGTON, DC—Frustrated after months of inaction, the tribe planning to open a casino in Monticello has taken legal action against the official who is blocking their progress. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe filed suit against the secretary of Department of the Interior (DOI) Dirk Kempthorne in Washington, DC on November 1, asking the court to compel Kempthorne to make a decision on the land-into-trust application.

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