STOP Bishop Tube Development - Attend East Whiteland's Supervisor Mtg
Developing the former Bishop Tube manufacturing site jeopardizes the health, safety and welfare of our community!
- Environmental issues identified at the site are still not resolved after more than 35 years. Studies on how to fully clean it up are ongoing - no decisions regarding this property should be made before those results are made public, vetted through any/all legal reviews and finalized.
- The Bishop Tube site contains TCE(trichlorethylene), a dangerous chemical linked to fetal heart defects, kidney cancer, leukemia and other illnesses. Construction without complete remediation could release TCE into the environment, creating health, safety and environmental concerns. According to a 2020 NPR investigative report, the EPA found TCE damages the human body at a level 500 times greater than previously thought!
- Contaminants at the site have been detected in the Little Valley Creek, which runs through Bishop Tube and is a tributary of Valley Creek; Exceptional Value waterways entitled to heightened legal protection. Failure to properly remediate contamination at the site, along with new development, means ongoing and new contamination concerns.
- Members of the East Whiteland Township Planning Commission expressed concerns about increased traffic similar to that at the Atwater Development. The current development plan includes an emergency entrance at the end of Village Way. Many are worried that traffic problems on Route 30 could lead to opening the Village Way entrance to the general public.
- East Whiteland Township has created a Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan in collaboration with the community. The draft Plan supports conserving open space and preserving natural resources, and specifies the Bishop Tube site as “potentially desirable for recreational development”because this section of the Township lacks open spaces and parks. We don’t need more housing, we need natural open space! ( https://www.eastwhiteland.org/DocumentCenter/View/1691/PROS_FullDraft-10-1-20?bidId= ).
- Approving construction on this highly contaminated site, particularly without understanding if, when, how and to what degree there will be proper remediation of existing contamination, is contrary to Pennsylvania’s Green Amendment, which entitles the people of our Commonwealth to clean air, pure water, protected environments and informed decision-making by our government officials at every level, including our Township Board of Supervisors.
Tell the East Whiteland Board of Supervisors to stand up for our community and deny the proposed development of Bishop Tube, work to secure full remediation of the site and have it protected as natural open space!
“The community knows there aren’t many opportunities left and if they don’t conserve land now, they may miss their last best chance.”
From the draft Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan for East Whiteland Township.