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PADEP Public Hearing on Core5 Warehouse Project

Attend the March 4 Public Hearing To Urge PADEP to Deny the Core5 Warehouse Project Discharge of Stormwater and Encroachment into EV Wetlands and the High Quality Pocono Creek

Monday, March 4, 6:00-9:30 pm
Pocono Mountain School District
Swiftwater Elementary School
135 Academic Dr.
Swiftwater, Pa 18370

While the Core5 warehouse proposal for Stadden Road was withdrawn this past summer due to public outcry, Core5 continues to pursue its Warner Rd. warehouse project slated for the Pocono Creek watershed.  This particular application before the PADEP now proposes to build a 703,000 sq. ft warehouse with parking for 400 employees as well as tractor-trailer bays and off-road parking for trailers.  What is currently present on this site?  This beautiful patch of green is currently 75% forest with predominantly mature native tree and shrub species that provide critical buffering, water quality protection and stormwater infiltration, climate change sequestration, and air quality benefits from pollution by nearby busy I-80, just to name a few of the ecological services this forest provides.  The developer’s application proposes to convert the existing 2 acres of impervious surfaces on the current site to over 36 acres of impervious surfaces, permanently destroying more than 50 acres of mature Pocono forest.   Core5 LLC. also plans to encroach and propose to discharge their stormwater into Exceptional Value wetlands on site and into the High Quality- CWF Pocono Creek that is also designated a Class A and naturally reproducing wild trout stream (NPDES Permit Application No. PAD450139).   

Due to public outcry and the EV wetlands and HQ watershed this project would impact, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) is holding a public hearing on the warehouse proposed NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) application.  Please join us to fill the public hearing hall on Monday, March 4th from 6:00-9:30PM at the Pocono Mountain School District Swiftwater Elementary School located at 135 Academic Dr., Swiftwater, PA 18370 (Pocono Township, Monroe County, PA) and urge the PADEP to deny the proposed NPDES stormwater discharge permit! This is your chance to stand together to urge the DEP to prioritize protecting our High Quality streams, Pocono forests and communities, and Exceptional Value wetlands from harmful degradation by denying the NPDES discharge permit for the proposed Core5 warehouse.  DEP requests that individuals wishing to testify at the hearing email Colleen Connolly, Community Relations Coordinator at: cconnolly@pa.gov up to the day of the hearing. Representatives from the PADEP Waterways & Wetlands Program, the Monroe County Conservation District, and Core 5 Industrial Partners, LLC and a stenographer will be at the hearing to listen to your concerns.  Testimony is limited to 5 minutes so that all individuals have the opportunity to testify. Walk-in attendees at the hearing will also have the opportunity to testify if they so desire; however, individuals who preregister to testify will be given priority on the agenda.

PADEP has also announced that written comments will be accepted up to 15 days after the hearing date – Tuesday, March 19th.
Comments can be submitted to Pamela Kania and  Kristina Heaney.

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The Warner Road Warehouse Project if approved, would be constructed at 246 Warner Road, Tannersville, PA in Pocono Township, Monroe County. The application was deemed administratively complete by PADEP on August 11, 2023 but the project itself would inflict irreparable harm to the Pocono Creek and nearby Exceptional Value wetlands.  Early review by Delaware Riverkeeper Network and allies shows inadequate, incorrect, and incomplete information on file which does not protect the water and wetlands on site.   We will be providing additional ways for you to make your voice heard on this warehouse project in the coming days but please sign up now with DEP to attend and testify at the hearing on March 4th and spread the word to neighbors and watershed friends to join you. 

 

 

Date: 
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM