Tuesday December 26, 2017
In matters of environmental contamination, we don't get a do-over. Clearly, the regulators have overlooked what Birdsboro Power LLC calls "significant remaining contamination" in its lawsuit against the federal government.
We have heard of one asbestos removal project after another in the past few years, and still asbestos was found in 16 buildings, according to a July 2016 report summarizing an environmental survey conducted for the company.
The Nov. 21 filing by Birdsboro Power provides additional details into ongoing problems, including asbestos, unspecified hazardous materials throughout the site, PCBs and other unspecified contaminants at levels higher than state health standards, and PCB-, VOC-, and SVOC-laced water in sumps and pits at levels higher than state health standards.
What assurances will we ever have that the toxic site has been freed of contaminants? Is this a power plant site or a Superfund site?
In 2013, Birdsboro Steel and Foundry was listed as a "Waste Land" in a Wall Street Journal report. Federal and state regulators have been moving this project forward without addressing the contamination.
Our state officials need to stop this train wreck now.
Nancy Roecker Coates
Birdsboro power plant needs to be stopped