it’s 2022 and we are still talking about tce polluted sites in east whiteland? this time, not a pa-dep site, but epa site at 258 phoenixville pike. so how toxic are parts of chester county, really?

Yes, TCE infected/polluted land and not just the Bishop Tube site. We’re all still talking about these sites. I always wonder why there seems to be so much still to clean up? I mean I get way back when none of us knew the environmental hazards people would face but is it just me or do others feel like these topics are discussed, but then not enough is ever cleaned up?

Watch this – so interesting

So I put up a post recently about the notice coming out about Bishop Tube clean-up.

It still remains a hot topic. WHYY (embedded below) and Philadelphia Inquirer (excerpt below):

Pa. announces $8 million cleanup plan for contaminated Bishop Tube site in Chester County. The site has been a focus of controversy since 2010 when plans to build housing there first emerged.

by Frank Kummer
Updated Sep 28, 2022

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection plans an $8 million cleanup of the contaminated Bishop Tube site in Chester County — a focus of controversy for 10 years when a company controlled by developer Brian J. O’Neill purchased it to build housing.

Constitution Driver Partners LP, O’Neill’s company, did not cause the pollution, and the property was already on the DEP’s list of brownfields approved for reuse as long as they are cleaned to state standards.

Still, residents and environmental groups have opposed building on the vacant industrial site where a number of contaminants are present in the soil, water and air inside the old buildings. The main contaminant of concern is trichloroethylene (TCE), a colorless liquid that can cause headaches, dizziness, and sleepiness in moderate amounts, and coma and death in large amounts. It is also linked to heart, liver, and kidney problems as well as cancer.

TCE has been found in excess of state allowable levels and was widely used in the process of making steel tubing at the 13.7-acre site in Frazer, East Whiteland Township, starting in the 1950s.

Here is this decision from the PA DEP:

But why I am writing this post is I find it interesting that ANOTHER toxic site in East Whiteland also containing TCE from the OTHER side of the township is becoming a hot topic. Maybe I have been living under a rock, but I forgot this existed. It started with my seeing this on the East Whiteland website:

So here is a map of Chester County Superfund sites – these are EPA sites, it doesn’t include all the other toxic sites like PA DEP sites:

Here is the EPA website:

MALVERN TCE
MALVERN, PA

Announcements and Key Topics

Public Comment Opportunity

EPA has opened the public comment period regarding a proposed cleanup plan for the Malvern TCE Superfund Site. Community members and interested parties are encouraged to share comments between September 29 and October 28, 2022. More information on how to comment and about the proposed cleanup plan can be found below.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a 
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MALVERN TCE
MALVERN, PA
Cleanup Activities

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On related pages:


Background

The Malvern Trichloroethene (TCE) Superfund Site, located in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, operated as a solvent reclamation facility from 1952 to 1992. The site is in a wooded area surrounded by residential and undeveloped areas bordering the property to the west, north and east. The site consists of a main plant area connected to a former disposal area by a narrow meadow corridor, and sources of contamination at the site are tied to these two areas.

A portion of the site is owned and operated by Chemclene Corporation that, until a fire in 1999, sold hydrogen peroxide and industrial cleaning solvents. These solvents were used by local industries for degreasing metal parts and for other cleaning purposes. Chemclene used a distillation process to remove impurities from the previously used solvents, which were then returned to customers for reuse or held in bulk storage for resale.

Prior to 1976, sludge from the distillation process was disposed in the wooded area, also known as the former disposal area. The former processing, chemical storage, and waste management practices at the property contaminated the soil and groundwater. Following the detection of soil and groundwater contamination in 1980, Chemclene took several measures to clean up the site from 1982 to 1987 with the oversight of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The site was added to EPA’s National Priorities List in September 1983.

As an operating hazardous waste facility, Chemclene signed a Corrective Action Order with EPA in 1989 to continue the cleanup. When the company failed to carry out the Order, the site was referred back to EPA’s Superfund program in November 1993. Since then, EPA has been overseeing the cleanup of the site.

SO….learn to take ahold of opportunities and attend the October 13th meeting. Especially if you live on that side of the township where it is located.

The EPA 30-Day Public Comment Period has officially begun for the “Malvern TCE Proposed Cleanup Plan.”

The EPA published a newspaper ad in the Daily Local News and also mailed out fact sheets with details about the plan and the upcoming public meeting. (Mind you I do not know who received said fact sheet, I have yet to see a mailed copy.) A digital copy of the fact sheet and full Proposed Cleanup Plan document can be found on the front page of the Site’s EPA Profile Page: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/malvern

EPA will be hosting the public meeting on October 13, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. at the East Whiteland Township Building. I will note this seems to be the old ChemClene site. But people have an opportunity to speak up. They should take it. That site is actually pretty close to Great Valley High School among other things. I do not know that the meeting is being recorded, although it should be.

Again, This meeting I discovered is October 13, at the East Whiteland Township. As in this Thursday. 6 PM.

In closing, every time I hear about one of these things I ask the same question: how many toxic sites exist in Chester County? How toxic are parts of Chester County, really and do we want to know? How will the EPA treat parts of Chester County based on their recent “forever chemicals” coverage in the media? Will the PA DEP follow the EPA?

sowing the seeds of misinformation in willistown.

I have ZERO issue in residents fighting for what they believe to important. But I DO have a problem with sowing the seeds of misinformation in communities, especially for personal gain, whatever that may be, and can’t you agree with that?

This whole sewer system is a great mystery to me, along with the unsubstantiated claims that it will increase development and if you are on a septic or well, eventually you will have to change over to public sewer and water.

First the whole development claim. Good lord, are people so naïve and ill-informed? Development is controlled by local zoning. Local zoning is controlled by the Municipalities Planning Code (‘MPC”) of the Commonwealth of PA. The MPC has NOT been comprehensively updated since approximately circa 1969.

And the whole rate increases. Yes, AQUA does this and they are allowed to do it because of state laws which allow them to jump the rates. Those laws need to be changed in Harrisburg to protect residents and consumers.

Another reality, and not an alternate universe is development causes stresses on infrastructure, and sewer falls into that category. So pardon me while I do not necessarily shed a tear for those living in monster sized developments because ummm hello??? They helped creates the undue stresses on infrastructure.

And the whole 4 acre lot thing? Are the sure that is completely legal and not exclusionary to begin with? And developers aren’t going to slow down until the MPC changes. Fear mongering and misinformation is wrong. Kind of like stating people on septic and wells would HAVE to switch to AQUA, and since when? People can choose to switch to AQUA hookups but last time I checked you don’t HAVE to unless you have an issue and can’t do a new septic or new well?

The whole email about the agenda for Willistown this evening. Willistown is not discouraging residents from attending meetings if they tell residents on the agenda that the sewer sale is not a discussion topic of theirs for the meeting. And they provided a link on their website about the sale, which is about time and a good thing, but that is not discouraging residents from attending meetings. The business of a municipality is more than being a one trick pony, so they are telling residents IN ADVANCE it is NOT an agenda item so there are NO MISCONCEPTIONS since so many Willistown’s residents are in fact, one trick ponies these days.

It is my personal opinion that the township should in fact address this campaign of misinformation and ad hominin attacks on the supervisors because I still feel it all has much less to do about sewer than some let on. When those who will not be affected by the sewer sale makes this whole thing their complete raison d’être, it does make you wonder, doesn’t it? The loudest voices in this argument in Willistown seem to have very personal agendas here, don’t they? And yes, I can ask that question.

Willistown residents need to have a care. Why? This really isn’t about the sewer sale. I am not actually a cheerleader for AQUA or Willistown, but I believe in right and wrong. I am not actually a huge fan of small sewer systems selling out to giant companies like AQUA, but I get why it happens. The problem I have with this issue in Willistown is how people are behaving and a sea of misinformation that people are swallowing like pablum.

Residents everywhere NEED to be involved where they live and attend meetings and care. BUT there is also the question of proper meeting decorum which includes not acting like freaks to try to make a point. Fight smart with the proper knowledge. Beware Pied Pipers.

political season door-knocking 101

Door-knocking. A political season tradition that seems to be having issues. In Chester County, PA it’s run off of the rails.

Recently a woman in Malvern asked if it was OK that a political door-knocker actually at least partially entered her home. The answer is a simple and emphatic “NO.” And then there was the person who found a political door knocker in their mudroom handling their package. Mind you, this person didn’t ask for help, and the door knocker was a stranger. Not a neighbor, not a friend, not an acquaintance, a stranger who seemed to have serious boundary issues.

Door knockers CAN’T just open people’s doors and decide to leave their crap inside. That is actually TRESPASSING since the have NOT been invited in. There is no “oh they didn’t mean any harm” of it all, it creates issues for all door knockers no matter what political persuasion.

The job of a door knocker is to spread the word…in a neighborly fashion. Not imitate the obnoxiousness of door to door window salesmen from Anderson Renewal or Whitetail Disposal or the annual fly by night driveway resealers/repavers.

If someone doesn’t come to the door, it DOES NOT mean peek in all the windows and crush the plantings. It DOES NOT mean knock louder or incessantly ring the bell. And if someone asks did you not see the no trespassing sign, that is NOT license for arguing that you aren’t selling anything, because technically if you want to play Captain Semantic, you are indeed trying to sell someone a politician.

It does not matter what political party, basic decorum is kind of non-negotiable.

If people don’t want to talk to a door knocker, move onto the next house. Don’t enter their homes even to open a door, don’t peer in the windows, just move on. If they have “No Solicitng” just skip it altogether.

I am going to say that sadly it is being said the door knockers and candidates who are being odd this year are Republicans. So what is the Republican Committee of Chester County doing about this? There is a new chair. So many questions about him, although on a personal level I find him so nice a man.

And a special note to State Representative candidate Gail Newman because she is the, shall we say, most vigorous door knocker of them all? Gail, learn the word no. You are more of a stalker than political candidate.

Thanks for stopping by.

an open letter to women of pennsylvania

What do having rights mean?

Are our rights subjective?

Should we have rights over our individual choices? As in no matter what we might choose, it stays our individual right.

Should we have rights over our own bodies?

Why do politicians at a podium, or religious figures at a lectern or on an altar have the right to decide our path and shame us if we do not agree? If we are not June Cleaver and Donna Reed or even if we are, why should we be judged by this? If we are career women who are independent and may or may not have families and children, why should we be judged by this?

When did we become this angry society of political punishers and judgy judgersons of insanity?

Do we deserve free and fair elections?

Should people impose their paranoia, bigotry, phobias, hatred, and not so thinly veiled racism over your families and children in public schools?

What do you think about the way we were set up with a separation of church and state yet everywhere the faux pious with their fake Christian values are trying to impose their values on everyone regardless of how others might feel?

How do you feel about your rights being subjective? Mind you that’s a semirhetorical question because our rights are not subjective, but if we don’t pay attention we are allowing people into public office who will remove our rights thereby making them subjective.

How do you feel if from the area about these people demonizing the esteemed Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for practicing medicine? Is Nemours Children’s Hospital Next? What about other hospital systems? Is medicine to be practiced according to the comfort levels of fanatics? And isn’t ironic that the new head of the Republican Committee of Chester County Raffi Terzian is a doctor? Makes you wonder how he can play politics and play medicine at the same time? Where is he on COVID19, masks, and vaccinations, for example? It’s a fair question, he’s a doctor and doctors are supposed to save lives, right? He was supposed to be a savior of the Chesco GOP but so far he’s shown himself to be part of the problems he was supposed to fix, hasn’t he?

When they shout, must we always shout louder? But if our voices are quiet, they win, so we don’t have the choice of being quiet and still, do we?

How do you feel about the Union League of Philadelphia’s decision to honor Ron DeSantis the creature of shithole Floridian Trumpian politics?

Beware the false prophets. Too harsh? Ok then, the Candidates of fall, 2022. The Man from Oz. Napoleon Ciarrocchi #whereisguy. Monsteriano Mastriano, Jessica Transphobic Florio. Gail Newman. Scary Sarah Marvin. The list seems endless and stretches across 50 states. It’s not just Pennsyltucky politics.

Vote ladies, our lives literally depend upon it.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”

~ Matthew 7:15

nasty subdivision potential in east goshen? file under another chesco farm about to bite the dust?

I remember years ago when East Goshen was having their yard sale day going to a yard sale here. Or I am pretty sure this was the house. I bought a brass oil lamp that I had electrified. I remember thinking what a spectacular property this was. This has to be the place. I have a pretty good memory for places like this.

Anyway, imagine my horror when I noticed this on the October 5th Planning Commission Agenda for East Goshen.

So this will be another farm bites the dust, won’t it? Another cul-de-sac subdivision on a road that already can’t handle the traffic it has? More houses in an area that has significant stormwater damage almost every time it rains, doesn’t it? 15 more houses in Chester County. These houses will affect the West Chester Area School District, BUT this isn’t so far from the border with East Whiteland Township, is it ?

This is a spectacular property. I found some more photos on the Internet. And I’m also sharing some of the stuff off of the planning commission agenda. I don’t think residents in East Goshen around here will like this plan. I don’t think their neighbors next-door in East Whiteland will like this plan either. I mean why would anybody like this plan?

Pipeline activists, is this in the midst of any of that?

How many more freaking subdivisions do we need in Chester County?

Well residents of East Goshen and neighbors in next door East Whiteland it’s up to you guys now, I told you about it, here it is. Another potentially bad plan for Chester County. A cluster F of a cluster development is being proposed. Proposed is the operative word if you care about this road which is truthfully rather special.

It would be really nice if municipalities would stop blowing smoke up all of our collective asses in Chester County about open space. It would be really nice if local supervisors made state representatives and state senators earn their keep and update the Municipalities Planning Code before Chester County is overdeveloped out of existence.

Fresh development hell for October has arrived.

dear chesco gop, our rights are not subjective

Let’s talk about this for a minute. The Republican Committee can “announce” anything they want, but the truth of the matter is unless you agree with them lockstep you’re not welcome. Take drag queens as the most recent example.

Let’s talk about a woman’s right to choose. I’m not talking about WHAT that choice might be, because that is up to the individual woman as in HER business, but the Republican Party in Chester County, in Pennsylvania, and across this country want to REMOVE a woman’s right to choose. No matter where women sit on an issue, they should have the right to make their OWN decisions.

Let’s also talk more locally about the “marginalization“ of parents for a minute. Which parents are they referring to? The ones they agree with or everyone else? Because the ones that they agree with are the ones that disrupt our meetings disrupt public events spread hatred, misinformation, and everything phobic but they are the poor pitiful pearls of the world? They are the ones that everyone is supposed to feel sorry for? What about everyone else?

When the Republican Committee of Chester County is espousing their beliefs, and they’re talking about simple economics, do they actually speak about how much these parents they think are being “marginalized” are actually COSTING school districts and municipalities every year? No of course not, it doesn’t fit the lockstep of their narrowminded narrative, does it?

Most of their candidates are quite literally bullies. The ones who are decent are going to get passed by because of all the crazies that the Republican Committee of Chester County is supporting.

The Republican Committee of Chester County does nothing except support and embrace extremism. The party of Lincoln? Nope. Somewhere the ghost of Lincoln weeps.

I’m allowed to have this opinion, our founding fathers bled and died for it, but the Republican Committee of Chester County sees me as an enemy of their state. Their state is not our state, and so many of their own party members don’t even agree with them.

Our rights as Americans are not subjective, but these people want them to be. So yeah, voters have a choice to make this November and it comes down to the simple difference between right and wrong. The Republican Party of Chester County and all the way up the food chain are wrong.

the chesco gop is inviting a monster to town

Next weekend is a busy fall weekend for communities across Chester County, like the beloved Chester County Day, which is EXACTLY why Republican Committee of Chester County is bringing #Monsteriano to town.

THIS is why Chester County residents need to rise up against THIS event which isn’t about family or community or inclusiveness. This event is about supporting a hate-mongering wannabe dictator who apparently also has been voting in New Jersey? (Google Mastriano and New Jersey)

This event is about supporting hate mongering, bigotry, and every societal phobia known to man. This event is about ugliness.

This event is about removing a woman’s right to choose, a cornerstone of the Monsteriano campaign.

This event is about removing the free and fair part of elections, another Monsteriano campaign cornerstone.

Most importantly, this event is about removing a two-party system from our area, and completely decimating what was once known as the party of Lincoln. The Republican party actually needs to be saved from candidates like Monsteriano because democracy needs to be a real thing, not an abstract thought process. Our country was built on a two party system not a totalitarian regime which is what Monsteriano and other Trump acolytes support.

Here’s hoping Monsteriano gets a warm PEACEFUL protesting welcome to Chester County.

Americans still have the right to assemble peaceably and protest and I really hope hoards of people show up to protest BOTH the Chester County Republican Committee and Monsteriano. If you don’t know Chester County, Kimberton is a beautiful place to visit, and it deserves better than this trash and so does this amazing fire company.

It’s time to take back our region and our state, Pennsylvanians. This is why it is SO important to VOTE this November. As Pennsylvanians we need to take out the trash. We live in such a beautiful state, but it is in an inner state of ugliness. Voting against candidates like #Monsteriano isn’t just a thing to due in November because free and fair elections are a necessity to democracy. And literally if we keep letting in these people, that my friends is what is at risk.

You can also ask Kimberton Fire House to politely cancel this event and give them a donation instead. You can also inundate the Republican Committee of Chester County with emails, letters, and phone calls, as well as municipalities and community leaders who support hate mongering events like bringing a monster to town. Just be polite. Don’t be like them.

Happy Sunday.

surprise! outfest lives!

Guess what I got today? The above notice. And I will tell you I have nothing to do with it, I’m just sharing it.

It’s time for the everything phobic people to let things go. If you don’t want to participate, don’t participate. If you think your children are going to be harmed or their eyes will burn to the back of their heads seeing a drag queen, then by all means keep them in the house October 1st and allow their eyes to burn into the back of their heads playing video games or watching TV.

I can tell you that I honestly don’t know who is behind this, and I also don’t care. I report all threats to law-enforcement. And the person who gave me this poster is County Commissioner Josh Maxwell. He has been told by his sources that the event will not be canceled.

mice

Now see, that title. Mice. Bet you think I am talking about real mice? Nope. Felted mice and a nice memory.

I have a bunch of wool felted mice. Mostly for Christmas. But I have a few other cute ones that I tuck here and there because they just make me smile.

The mice at the top my friend Kristin found for me. They are obviously for Christmas, they are Santa and Mrs. Claus mouse.

Yesterday at the preview for Life’s Patina fall event I bought two more felted mice. Halloween mice. One with a giant piece of candy corn, another in a cute little witch’s hat.

When I was taking the picture of the fault of mice this morning to send to a friend to show them, I have a little flash of a memory. And it would’ve been the mid 1970s to the late 1970s. I was inside a little store in Bryn Mawr.

The store was called Katydid and key was next to Parvin’s Pharmacy. Katydid was a cute gift store. And up around the counter area towards the front of the store and behind them on little shelves were these little collectible mice that so many of us had back then.

These were literally little fur mice they were made in West Germany I think the company was called The Mouse Factory. These little mice had all sorts of different outfits and costumes, and they would even come in your school uniform.

My friends and I all had these little mice. My sister and I had a bunch of them and we put them in our dollhouse. We had this really cool doll house that my father found in an attic of a house being demolished in Society Hill when we were really little and he restored it.

Anyway, I love those mice. And the flashback to the memory this morning made me realize this is why I like the felted mice.

Thanks for stopping by.