State budget environmental cuts could jeopardize Nanticoke project

State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, has announced that a project to transform land adjacent to a former manufactured gas plant into the Lower Broadway Recreation Complex may be on hold if state budget cuts proposed by some state lawmakers are instituted to Pennsylvania’s cleanup plan.

Mullery said the planned project would include a park with athletic fields, a playground, walking trails, a skateboard park and marsh overlook.

“Without necessary state funding, it puts our area in a precarious situation because the site needs to be transformed from an industrial blight area to a recreational site that we can all benefit from,” Mullery said.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) along with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), created Pennsylvania’s “Brownfields to Playfields” Pilot Program to clean up blighted areas.

Each project receives a needs assessment, help in identifying appropriate assistance programs; education on sources and leveraging of funding; and streamlined coordination between state agencies, local governments, federal programs and private partners.

“Environmental projects in my area will suffer greatly if the House Republican fiscal plan is passed,” Mullery said. We need to invest in our future landscape development now.”