With the decision to approve its former wastewater treatment facility as a Brownfield site, Whitehall Township has cleared the path for the clean-up and re-development of the site.
According to excerpts from the story:
The Whitehall Township board voted to approve the Brownfield plan to help finance an environmental cleanup after a public hearing Monday night. …
Said Tim Ryan, chair of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. “Our priority is to take a piece of land that is polluted and clean it up to the point where it is capable of being developed.”
The public hearing portion of Monday’s meeting, however, focused mostly on the development plans for the property. Residents were concerned about further site contamination, noise and odor emission and water use.
Township Supervisor Dennis Babcock assured residents that the township agreed with them. “We don’t want anything to happen to the environment in our township,” he said.
“Just letting the property sit there, the pollution is still going to be there,” said potential buyer Scott Erdman. “This is an opportunity for those things to be cleaned up. It’s going to get cleaned up a lot faster if we do our deal (the Brownfield).”
Erdman said noise and odor concerns would not be an issue if and when the energy plant began because the biodigester he planned on using was a closed-loop system and released little, if any, odor.
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