Timeline of Organizing and Victories in Chester, PA



 
  • 1995: ThermalPure medical waste autoclave (largest in U.S.) closed down 
  • 1996: Soil Remediation Systems contaminated soil “burner” proposal defeated 
  • 1997: Crozer-Chester Medical Center medical waste incinerator closed after many years of violations, and Crozer’s asthma program set up as reparations
  • 1997: Pet crematorium proposal defeated 
  • 1997: Cherokee Biotechnology’s proposed contaminated soil plant defeated 
  • 1997: DELCORA sludge incinerator lawsuit won, requiring better emissions controls and funding of a (now defunct) Chester Lead Poisoning Prevention Project 
  • 1997: Environmental racism lawsuit victory – first Civil Rights Act lawsuit over environmental racism (precedent later declared moot and set aside by U.S. Supreme Court) 
  • 1998: Ogborne construction/demolition waste transfer station defeated 
  • 1999: Delaware State stops sending waste to Chester incinerator 
  • 2002: Kimberly-Clark paper mill’s tire burning plan denied 
  • 2005: Clean Metal incinerator ash plant closes 
  • 2008: Koach Energy’s plan to build the world’s largest tire incinerator defeated 
  • 2010: DELCORA sewage treatment plant (and sludge incinerator) withdraws plan to accept toxic and radioactive waste water from upstate natural gas hydrofracking operations