Monday, October 25, 2010

Merck's 2007 EPA Settlement At West Point: Two Steps Closer To Complete

The Lansdale borough council could vote approval today, it seems.

Recall that, back in 2007, Merck's West Point facility was caught befouling the local waterways with an unpermitted bolus of potassium thiocyanate. To settle with the US EPA, and the New Jersey environmental agencies, Whitehouse Station agreed to pay for, and have built, a "tiny bubbles" scrubber system (cost: $850,000) in Upper Gwynedd township.

Per The Reporter, a local paper, online:

. . . .The project is meant to connect the Merck facility with the borough treatment plant, so Merck could send the borough roughly 300,000 gallons per day of its roughly 1.1 million gallons per day of wastewater.

Upper Gwynedd Township's board of commissioners could vote to approve the plan as soon as Monday, according to borough Manager Timi Kirchner, who thanked the borough staff and Merck and Upper Gwynedd officials who have worked with the borough on the project.

The votes to approve the Act 537 plan and to grant the easement were both passed by unanimous votes of [Lansdale's] borough council. . . .

We'll keep you posted. [H/T: Pharmalot's "Morning Roundup" column.]

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