No Bishop Tube Development -- Clean, Natural Open Space Instead
***IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT: As a result of our letters and your ongoing support, Senator Dinniman and the East Whiteland Township Board of Supervisors have both rescinded support for the Industrial Sites Reuse Program grant from the state of Pennsylvania! We have therefore removed the letters below addressed to them.


Below, in the form, check all sign on letters you would like to be added to. The letters will be addressed and will read as follows:

1) Patrick McDonnell, Acting Secretary, PA Dept of Environmental Protection
Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17101

We, the undersigned, do not support the Pennsylvania DEP working to advance a plan that includes only a partial remediation of the Bishop Tube site located in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, PA in order to help advance a massive overbuild of residential developments of the site. The proposed partial remediation and development plan will allow contamination to continue until some unknown time in the future. The proposal will also result in tremendous environmental degradation. It will mean the loss of woodlands, harm to wetlands and Little Valley Creek both of which are part of the exceptional value Valley Creek watershed. The developer wants relief from buffer requirements and has discussed a stormwater strategy that will increase the volume of water in our creek, contributing to floodwaters and erosion problems. The plan will also increase the amount of pollution entering Little Valley Creek - a creek already burdened with the toxins, including from groundwater which will remain contaminated under this current plan. PADEP should be about protecting the environment for the benefit of our community. We have been damaged enough by this site. We want full remediation by the responsible parties and the site preserved in this fully natural condition for our use and benefit as natural open space.

2) Dennis Davin, Secretary, Department of Community & Economic Development
Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

We, the undersigned, do not support the giving of a grant from the Industrial Sites Reuse Program to support proposed development activities at the Bishop Tube Site in East Whiteland Township, Chester County. The developer, Constitution Drive Partners, is proposing only a partial clean up of the site so they can undertake a massive residential development project. The development would leave in place a significant amount of ongoing contamination at the site, contamination which is known to leave the site via a number of pathways, including groundwater and surface water pathways. It is wholly inappropriate for state funds (i.e. we understand on the order of $1 million) to be used for a mere partial clean up that will leave the community and environment exposed to ongoing contamination so that a private, for profit entity, can reap additional financial rewards. If these funds are granted and this project is undertaken it is unclear when full clean up would be required. In addition, the proposed development project will result in the cutting of the existing woodlands; that will have adverse impacts on the Little Valley Creek and its exceptional value wetlands; that will result in increased stormwater discharges that will affect downstream communities and the health of the Creek and its wetlands; that will take from the community, a community that has already been suffering because of the site’s contamination, the beautiful nature at the site that has enhanced our community’s quality of life. The community only wants funds to be used in support of full remediation and restoration and protection of this site as public open space.

3) Chester County Commissioners, 313 West Market St., West Chester, PA 19380

We, the undersigned, do not support Chester County, East Whiteland Township, or any part thereof participating in securing a grant from the Industrial Sites Reuse Program to support proposed development activities at the Bishop Tube Site in East Whiteland Township, Chester County. The developer, Constitution Drive Partners, is proposing only a partial clean up of the site so they can undertake a massive residential development project. The development would leave in place a significant amount of ongoing contamination at the site, contamination which is known to leave the site via a number of pathways, including groundwater and surface water pathways. It is wholly inappropriate for state funds (i.e. we understand on the order of $1 million) to be used for a mere partial clean up that will leave the community and environment exposed to ongoing contamination so that a private, for profit entity, can reap additional financial rewards. If these funds are granted and this project is undertaken it is unclear when full clean up would be required. In addition, the proposed development project will result in the cutting of the existing woodlands; that will have adverse impacts on the Little Valley Creek and its exceptional value wetlands; that will result in increased stormwater discharges that will affect downstream communities and the health of the Creek and its wetlands; that will take from the community, a community that has already been suffering because of the site’s contamination, the beautiful nature at the site that has enhanced our community’s quality of life. The community only wants our county and municipal governments to seek funds, and undertake activities, that will support securing full remediation, restoration and protection of the Bishop Tube site as public open space.

4) Representative Duane Milne, District Office 70 Lancaster Avenue, Suite B, Malvern, PA 19355

We, the undersigned, urge you to oppose state funding from the Industrial Sites Reuse Program to support proposed partial remediation and development activities at the Bishop Tube Site in East Whiteland Township, Chester County. The developer, Constitution Drive Partners, is proposing only a partial clean up of the site so they can undertake a massive residential development project. The development would leave in place a significant amount of ongoing contamination at the site, contamination which is known to leave the site via a number of pathways, including groundwater and surface water pathways. It is wholly inappropriate for state funds (i.e. we understand on the order of $1 million) to be used for a mere partial clean up that will leave the community and environment exposed to ongoing contamination so that a private, for profit entity, can reap additional financial rewards. If these funds are granted and this project is undertaken it is unclear when full clean up would be required. In addition, the proposed development project will result in the cutting of the existing woodlands; that will have adverse impacts on the Little Valley Creek and its exceptional value wetlands; that will result in increased stormwater discharges that will affect downstream communities and the health of the Creek and its wetlands; that will take from the community, a community that has already been suffering because of the site’s contamination, the beautiful nature at the site that has enhanced our community’s quality of life. The community only wants funds and government effort to be invested in support of full remediation and restoration and protection of this site as public open space.

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