Rep. Howard commends Environmental Hearing Board’s ruling

MALVERN, May 3 – Today, Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, commended the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) for ruling that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Prospective Purchaser Agreements (PPAs) with Constitution Drive Partners (CDP) were void. The PPAs would have allowed for the development of the contaminated Bishop Tube site in East Whiteland Township, and the EHB’s decision prohibits CDP developer Brian O’Neill from building homes on the toxic waste site.

The DEP entered into two PPAs with CDP in 2018. The EHB ruled on April 26 that the steps taken by the DEP to provide notice and secure comment on those PPAs were inadequate, and so they were declared void.

“This is a terrific first step,” Rep. Howard said. “Progress is being made, and now, we can begin moving forward with the clean up of the Bishop Tube site.

Rep. Howard met with the DEP on Wednesday to discuss further steps regarding the remediation of the former Superfund site.