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Biker Finds Hidden Garbage Dump in Mont Clare

Its contents include chemical waste.

Update: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection .

On a mountain biking trek last week, a Phoenixville Patch reader discovered a large garbage dump off a trail near 330 Lovers Lane in Mont Clare.

It's unclear, at this moment, who the property belongs to.

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.

Phoenixville Patch will be following up on this story. Anyone with information on the source of the waste is invited to add it in the comments or email it to tom.sunnergren@patch.com.

Josh Gould July 17, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Sounds like someone's been busy with their shovels and rakes and implements of destruction. Thanks for the twenty seven 8x10 color glossy photos.
jim grisdale July 17, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Unbelievable!!! Really!!! Why would some one do this!!! Obviously they don't care about the people that live near by, the animals, or the environment.
Laura Schwartz July 17, 2012 at 02:13 AM
One can only imagine what the inside of their home looks like.
Bill N. July 17, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Why is that section of Mont Clare dumping-central?? The DEP shuts down UPT's site, and now this??!!
Chris Dyer July 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM
It amazes me that people have such disrespect for the enviroment that they dump chemicals into the ground becuase its easier & cheaper to do so then properly disposing of them. The property owners need to be fined & made to pay to have this remediated. Then maybe some jail time might let the message sink in a little.
Peter C. Brown July 17, 2012 at 11:59 AM
40-50 years ago, dumps like this were typical. Phoenixville had a similar "dump" on South Second Avenue where the compost yard now sits. Fortunately most sites have been cleaned up. Is this dump active? Is it legal to deposit junk on your own property? Are they actually dumping chemicals?
MA July 17, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Well you know.... when you charge people an arm and a leg for municipal trash service, limit the amount of waste they can throw out and charge for large item pickups, what do you expect? I'm surprised we don't see more of this. Lets raise the trash fee to cover the cleanup!
Solomon Kleit July 17, 2012 at 01:47 PM
LOL!!!!!!
Boro Boy July 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Sell that backhoe and use the money to clean up the mess. There is a home in the background of the picture, you can't tell me they did know this was going on.
harry finster July 17, 2012 at 04:09 PM
i have always said phoenixville is a dump
Bill N. July 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
The dump is in Mont Clare which is in Montgomery County. Phoenixville is in Chester County.
Jim L. July 17, 2012 at 06:43 PM
This is why we have a Township Supervisor. I suggest everyone concerned about this contact Lisa Mossie our Supervisor. I contacted her in the past on a similar situation and she made sure it was cleaned up. Whoever is responsible for this, Mr Hinkle or his associates should be held accountable and made to pay the cost for the clean up, and fines. This is disgusting that those responsible have no concern for the environment. They should be made to attend special classes regarding the damage they are doing. Upper Providence Township is responsible for making sure this is corrected and those responsible made to pay. Please contact Ms. Mossie. Thank's
Chris Dyer July 17, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Thanks for the contact information Jim L. and also thank you to Bill N. for posting the contact information for the DEP. Maybe if they get enough complaints this (both the DEP & the Township) something will be done
Lisa Corleto Mossie July 17, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Thank you to Tom Sunnergren for breaking this story. The DEP and Upper Providence Township are aware of this and are taking steps to address this issue.
Bill Dalasio July 18, 2012 at 09:59 AM
So, basically, the guy has a junk pile in his back yard.
Cheri Rowell July 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I know the owner personally. He had purchased the home several years ago and has done nothing but clean up the property. The previous owner was an old man who used that as a dumping area. The neighbors have even gone as far as stopping by the house to thank the new owner for cleaning up the property. The dump lays on state property. I am outraged on how the new homeowner has done nothing but tried to clean up his property and now your trying to slander his name. You can't always believe everything you read. The writer of this article apparently did not get his facts straight. If the writer has any type of conscience, he will retract this article and actually get his facts straight and then re-write the article apologizing to the home owner.
ConcernedPHXresident July 18, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Bill N. is trying to use mob mentality to attack this person's credibility or something worse, when they don't actually know the facts. A responsible journalist would have wrote, "a home located on the 300 block of Lovers Lane."
Cheri Rowell July 18, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I know the owner personally. He had purchased the home several years ago and has done nothing but clean up the property. The previous owner was an old man who used that as a dumping area. The neighbors have even gone as far as stopping by the house to thank the new owner for cleaning up the property. The dump lays on state property. I am outraged on how the new homeowner has done nothing but tried to clean up his property and now your trying to slander his name. You can't always believe everything you read. The writer of this article apparently did not get his facts straight. If the writer has any type of conscience, he will retract this article and actually get his facts straight and then re-write the article apologizing to the home owner.
Hipster Kitty July 18, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I see Patch or Tom Sunnergren is taking the Pottstown Mercury's approach to commenting. If they don't like what the comment is because it calls them out on their poor job of reporting, they will just casually take it down, even if it is not in violation to the terms of service.
Chris Dyer July 18, 2012 at 04:20 PM
In one sentnece you say you know the owner of the property & that he has done nothign but clean up the property & the next sentence now suddenly that is state property. So which is it? I find it hard to believe that the land could change owners with this large trash dump on the property. This also doesnt look like an "old dump" otherwise it would be covered with brush & weeds.
Cheri Rowell July 18, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I stated that the owner has cleaned up his property, this is true. The dump is back in the woods which is not on or near his property. It is not visible from the owners property. The land was able to be changed over because it is NOT on his property. Secondly, the dump would not have weeds on it because of all the garbage piled on top of the soil.
Bill N. July 18, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Cheri: It appears that you and the 'owner' have intimate knowledge of this dump, its contents, and the property lines surrounding it. Why didn't either of you contact the township or DEP in order to have it cleaned up? Do you like having toxic materials in the woods on a hill which drains directly into the community water source? The old saying is 'you snooze you lose' and it certainly applies here because now the local press, township, and state environmental regulators are all involved when a proactive approach to the situation (by those who knew about the dump) would have done so much more.
Lionel Hutz July 18, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I wonder if they went back and had a Thanksgiving dinner that could not be beat.
LocalGirl July 20, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I'm not taking sides here...but before we get all riled up with rhetoric, has it been confirmed that there are actual TOXIC substances on site? Empty antifreeze bottles don't count...you can find them in local recycling bins. While I agree it is a disgraceful mess, do we know for sure it is a potential Superfund site, or are people being inflamatory? Cheri-- I appreciate your support for the owner-- I too have worked on cleaning up areas, but some people always seem to find the negative in everything. And I sure don't see them grabbing a trash bag and trying to help out around town!
Jim L. July 21, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I would expect, and look forward to seeing what our Township Supervisor has to report on the status of this situation. Do we know who is responsible, what does DEP have to say, who is paying for the clean up,??? I also expect the Patch editor to follow up and give us an update.. Am I expecting too much ?? Thank's Jim
maureen July 22, 2012 at 03:12 PM
There is trash scattered throughout this entire wooded area. If you walk the trail through the first ravine and climb up over the hill on the right you will find discarded tv sets, bikes, tents, soda bottles, tires, etc. Perhaps the area around 330 Lovers Lane is more concentrated with junk, but it is by no means the only dump site in that area.
Jim L. July 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Maureen, Thank's for the info. have you notified DEP and our Tnwsp. Supv, Lisa Mossie of this ?? If not please do so.....Ms. Mossie is great at getting result's let her know. People who dump like this are inconsiderate moron's, I hope they all get caught and pay hefty fine's.....but that's unlikely as they are also sneak's who don't care about anyone but themselves and have no respect for the environment.
Jim L. July 26, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Are we going to get a "follow-up" to this story or will it just get dropped as most stories do. New's one day, forgotten by day 3.......I often wonder why there is not a follow-up section on article's, I can name numerous article's that never get an "update" published. Every newspaper is guilty of this. Tell a story, get the people's interest, then file it away and forget it. The Journal Register Co. is especially guilty of this. It's one reason i stopped buying their newspaper's. And I stopped trying to access their new's on-line since they loaded their websites with so many pop-up add's etc. that it's just not worth the aggrivation and the slowing down of your computer.. I do like the Patch, but please report a complete story and then do follow up's. Thank's
Tom Sunnergren July 26, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Jim L, We did an update to this story and linked to it from the top of this article. The link is right after the word "Update."

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