The DEP has set up a website for operations at the Bishop Tube site which can be found here.
Sign the petition urging corporations to take responsibility for the open space preservation and clean-up of the toxic Bishop Tube site
Stand with residents and urge Johnson Matthey Inc. and Whittaker Corporation to take responsibility for the toxic cleanup and protection of nature that the law and morality dictate.
Set back from easy access or view, next to the residents of General Warren Village and upstream from those who live along Little Valley Creek, sits Bishop Tube. Bishop Tube is an old, dilapidated industrial site oozing toxins, including cancer-causing TCE, heavy metals and more, which saturate the site’s soil and groundwater. Over the decades, as those responsible for addressing the site’s contamination have sought to evade their moral and/or legal obligations, nature has been overtaking the site with much-needed trees, shrubs, wild plants, and wildlife that need a place to go in this quickly urbanizing community.
The wealthy corporations responsible for cleaning up the toxic contamination—including Johnson Matthey Inc. and Whittaker Corporation—are investing in lawyers to (as far as we can see) try to minimize their cleanup obligations rather than investing these funds in efforts to, as quickly as possible, clean up the toxic contamination that has been spreading for more than 30 years into nearby environments and communities. Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection—until threatened with legal action— had spent years helping a local developer, Constitution Drive Partners, secure a sweetheart deal that would allow construction of nearly 100 residential homes on the site despite its toxic condition.
Please stand with impacted communities who have suffered health harms, the ever-present fear of ongoing toxic exposure, and the very real concern that new families will suffer if residential development of the site is allowed.
Help us call on Johnson Matthey Inc. and Whittaker Corporation to take meaningful, protective action. Rather than invest in lawyers, they should invest these funds in clean-up efforts and should contribute the money needed for the community to purchase and protect the Bishop Tube site as public, natural, open space.
Sign and share this petition now. Your signature, along with thousands of others, will send a powerful message to the responsible corporations: they should do right by the people of General Warren Village and surrounding communities who have been so deeply harmed by the toxins polluting this site. They should ensure the site is preserved as clean, green, natural open space beneficial to people and nature.
While you’re at it, in just 2 clicks, send a tweet to urge the companies to put up the money to protect the site as clean & natural open space. Clicking this link will allow you to send just the right tweet: https://ctt.ec/1VAqM
The toxic Bishop Tube site has been allowed to fester for far too long, damaging people and nature. It’s time for full clean up and protection as natural, open space. It’s time for Johnson Matthey Inc. and Whittaker Corporation to make it right but not just fulfilling their legal cleanup obligation but ensure this last oasis of nature is protected as green open space for present and future generations.
Be sure to also sign the Petition if you haven’t yet:
The General Warren Village Neighborhood Association needs your support to ensure full clean up and natural protection for this 13.7 acre site located in Chester County, PA on the east side of Malin Road, south of US Route 30.
Click here for details and steps you can take.