Senator Ward Announces DEP Clean-up Order on Jeannette Glass Plant

(Greensburg, Pa.) State Senator Kim Ward said today that she has been notified that the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)  has issued an Administrative Clean-up order for the vacant Jeannette Glass Factory in Jeannette, PA.

“For years citizens of Jeannette have had to live with this poisonous eyesore in the heart of their community.  It’s unbelievable that this mess has been in existence for an entire generation,” Ward said.

“I appreciate the DEP’s cooperation in working with me and the city in getting to the bottom of this toxic travesty.”  The first step was to get on the property and confirm what hazardous materials were there. That was done in October and again earlier this month.

“I am hoping that this is the beginning of the end for the site. The continued existence of this dilapidated blemish has held back economic development in the city and now we know for certain has posed a danger to the health of people living around it,” she said.

The DEP has given owner Abraham Zion 120 days to clean up the massive environmental hazards they found at the former Jeannette Glass Factory site in Downtown Jeannette or face further litigation.

In a seven page Order issued this week DEP gave Zion a strict time table to clean up hazardous wastes they found on the site during court-approved searches in October 2010 and January 4, 2011. He is also required to produce a plan for the cleanup and report any other hazardous materials found.

During their three searches of the Jeannette Glass property DEP specialists found abandoned materials in leaking, damaged and poorly labeled containers as well as above ground storage tanks of abandoned petroleum products. Also evidence of PCBs leaking from transformers and capacitors was found. The order also observes that the plant and hazardous waste found there has access to a storm water drainage system as well as Brush Creek and stands no less than 20 feet from residences.

Contact:  Tom Aikens
(724) 600-7002