Real Estate Journal — Southeastern Pennsylvania — April 15 - 28, 2016 — 5C


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S outheastern P ennsylvania By Gary R. Brown, P.E., RT Environmental Services

Redeveloping PA’s brownfields sites & bringing clean energy to market for a better future W hen Governor Ridge came into office, Act 2 of 1995 gave new Borough Manager responded to our email blast as follows: Hello Gary, the State – Industrial Parks, Service Stations, Chemical Facilities and three Major

Pennsylvania’s workers and their families. Again and again this has been true in Pennsylvania, from when the first oil was found near Titusville and when exten- sive coal mining (anthracite in the northeast, to extensive soft coal in the western part of the state provided jobs for millions and millions of Pennsylvanians over many decades. However, the difference now is that the energy be- ing produced is clean natu- ral gas, and we can make extensive use of existing infrastructure, such as the

millions upon millions of dol- lars being spent by Sunoco Logistics for new pipelines leading to Marcus Hook, where clean gas is being ex- ported to Europe such as in England and Norway, where North Sea energy resources have played out. A recent Email Blast which follows this article, highlights a new future for Pennsylvania’s southernmost industrial site located in a town which had fallen on hard times, when the big refinery closed a num- ber of years ago. This article is heartwarming and Marcus Hook’s long time

promise to hundreds of Pennsylva- nia’s commu- nities with r u n d o wn and aban - d o n e d o r undeveloped

Landfills in Bellmawr) • The Ohio State Library • New Retail Stores at Brown- field Sites, including retail pharmacy chains, convenience store chains, and retail donut shops in Delaware, Pennsyl- vania, New Jersey, and along the east coast extending north to New England. As Southeast Pennsylva- nia now looks to its future in a replay of history, it has become clear that energy resources will come into play to provide a better future for

Thanks for keeping Marcus Hook prominent in your news articles and for the kind words about the town. Incredible amount of “energy” in town these days and we believe there is much more to come. Best Regards, Bruce Also, we are learning to not only extract and move energy more efficiently, but Sunoco Logistics is minimizing impact to the environment of Penn- sylvania by running the new continued on page 8C

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industrial sites, many of which were already in decline. The promise and hope for future employment in these commu- nities was being lost, although many of those who worked at these industrial sites and lost their jobs still lived nearby. We, at RT, saw that the concepts which were to be included in the Act 2 of 1995 Land Recycling Program’s process not only made com- mon sense, but afforded a positive economic incentive to clean up sites quickly and ef- ficiently, and was considered a major breakthrough at the time. Prior to establishment of the Land Recycling process, efforts to cleanup sites led to wastes remaining at sites for indeterminate periods of time while waiting for regulatory responses and the agency’s determination of whether a cleanup effort was satisfacto- ry. These regulatory decisions were made on an individual site by site basis, with no uni- form standards for cleanup. RT has now handled more than 200 Act 2 Land Recy- cling sites throughout the Commonwealth. One of our largest current projects is at Beaver Valley Slag, located in Aliquippa directly northwest of Pittsburgh. The site was for- merly one of the world’s larg- est steel mills, and millions of tons of slag were deposited at and around the site. This led to what is currently the sec- ond largest slag deposit east of the Mississippi River. The site is currently undergoing a slag reclamation process, and was awarded a Pennsylvania Environmental Council Award for the positive impacts to the environment and Western Pennsylvania. As our company has expanded over the years, we have also been asked to assist on notable Brownfields Projects in: •Mare Island, California (PCB Remediation Demonstration) • Bermuda (Two Defense Bases) • New Jersey (Throughout

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