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The community impacted by the contaminated Bishop Tube site deserves to be heard!

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Sign on now to tell the Chester County Commissioners to schedule time for the community to be heard!

The 13.7 acre Bishop Tube site (located in Chester County, PA) has been abused by industry for over 50 years. The site, formerly used to process precious metals and fabricate tubing and pipeline products, is heavily contaminated with chlorinated solvents, acids and heavy metals including TCE, nitric and hydrofluoric acids, and various oils. This contamination has impacted neighboring communities and the environment.

While the site is dangerously contaminated, there is also beautiful nature worthy of saving.  Woodlands, wetlands and Little Valley Creek, part of the exceptional value Valley Creek watershed, grace the location.

A proposed development, including approximately 200 new homes, would cut trees, damage the creek and wetlands, and only partially address contamination at the site.  Saturated soils and groundwater would remain highly contaminated. Contamination would continue to affect the surrounding environment and community, including ongoing discharges of contaminated groundwater to Little Valley Creek.  When and to what degree full remediation would take place remains unknown.

The Chester County Commissioners have received numerous letters asking them to:

  •   Stand with the community and advocate full clean up of the Bishop Tube site, 

  •   Oppose the use of public funds to support an only partial remediation for advancing private development, 

  •   Support the community’s effort to secure protection of a fully cleaned Bishop Tube site as natural open space that benefits our environment and communities. 

To date, the Chester County Commissioners have remained silent.

Sign On now to request that concerned community members be given 30 minutes of time at an upcoming Commissioners meeting to share vital information and goals for the future of the site—to read the letter and sign on click here.

For more information about the Bishop Tube site, check out our website.