Winners of Pennsylvania’s Award for Environmental
Bethlehem, PA— Pennsylvania
Governor Edward G. Rendell honored Lehigh Valley Industrial Park
Inc. for its successful remediation and redevelopment of the former
Bethlehem Steel Corp. site, the largest privately owned brownfield
property in the nation.
Lehigh Valley Industrial Park
Inc. was one of 12 winners of the Governor’s Award for Environmental
Bethlehem Steel Corp. site redevelopment
has been a priority in the Lehigh Valley. The 1,600-acre property
represents 20 percent of the city’s taxable land and is
the region’s most important economic development project.
In May 2004, Lehigh Valley Industrial
Park acquired 1,000 acres of the site and embarked on redevelopment.
The property contained the remnants of 140 years of steel manufacturing
— buried building foundation, abandoned infrastructure lines,
contaminated soil and groundwater. Through the use of engineering
and institutional controls, redevelopment of the property was
made economically feasible.
The Bethlehem Commerce Center
will serve as a pioneer project as the first selection for the
Governor’s innovative Brownfield Action Team (BAT) initiative.
BAT improves the state’s Land Recycling Program by expediting
the advancement of the project. BAT projects typically get permitted
in half the time.
The success of this innovative
community project also contributed to a historic agreement in
2004 between DEP and the U.S. EPA to make the Land Recycling Program
the first in the nation to serve as a “one-stop shop”
for standards guiding the cleanup of brownfield sites. The memorandum
clarifies that sites remediated under the state’s brownfields
program also satisfy requirements for three key federal environmental
Aside from Lehigh Valley Industrial
Park Inc., the other 11 winners of the 2005 Governor’s Award
for Environmental Excellence include:
•Southern York County Library,
Shrewsbury, York County.: The library employed achieved a 35 percent
reduction in overall energy use, with $4,475 in energy savings
•CENTRIA, Ambridge, Beaver
County: CENTRIA performed an oven and line speed upgrade at its
facility, increasing the throughput of the Ambridge paint line
and minimizing the use and expense of natural gas. Gas savings
are expected to range from $600,000 to $800,000 per year.
•Exhibit Place Inc., McKees
Rocks, Allegheny County: This business realized savings of about
$12,800 per year in energy costs through energy efficiency improvements
resulting in a 40 percent energy cost reduction.
•Loyalhanna Watershed Association,
Ligonier, Westmoreland County: This group’s e-cycling program
began in an effort to benefit the environment. The e-cycling program
is now one of just 13 in the commonwealth, and the only one run
by a private organization.
•Conestoga Wood Specialties
Corp., East Earl, Lancaster County: In 2004, Conestoga created
an Environmental and Community Outreach Team to extend their environmental
efforts into the community.
•Granger Energy of Honey
Brook LLC, Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County: The Lanchester
Landfill Gas Utilization Project is the first multiple customer
landfill gas-to-energy project in Pennsylvania. Landfill gas is
transported underground from the landfill for 13 miles to multiple
customers, making it the longest landfill gas pipeline in the
•Johnson & Johnson
Pharmaceutical Research & Development LLC, Lower Gwynedd Township,
Montgomery County: Through installation of a “zero”
discharge cooling tower water treatment system, Johnson &
Johnson achieved an annual savings of $29,472.
•Wirerope Works Inc., William-sport,
Lycoming County: The Company installed a combination of technologies
successfully eliminating 27,000 pounds of lead pollution annually
and recycled more than 80,000 pounds of lead.
•Cranberry Township, Cranberry
Township, Butler County: The Township developed the Collection
Connection, a comprehensive municipal waste management program
that addresses the changing needs of its community.
Co., Kennerdell, Venango County: The Benjamin No. 6 Reclamation
project transformed a formerly abandoned mine land into an environmentally
viable landscape capable of supporting diverse vegetation, wildlife
and aquatic species.
PhillyCarShare is the first system in which government employees
and residents share vehicles. The project replaced 330 municipal
vehicles, saving $2 million annually, and residents have sold
or avoided car ownership of roughly 1,200 vehicles, saving about
$5.5 million annually.