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DEP Directs Civil Penalty for Cheswick Demolition Violation to Benefit Springdale

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Thursday announced that a civil penalty arising from the former Cheswick Generating Station demolition project will benefit Springdale Borough.

Cheswick Plant Environmental Redevelopment Group, LLC, Controlled Demolition, Inc., and Grant Mackay Company, Inc. violated Pennsylvania’s Solid Waste Management Act during a demolition of two chimneys (smokestacks) at the former Cheswick Generating Station in Springdale Borough on June 2, 2023.

In this consent order and agreement (COA), DEP documented that when the smokestacks fell, debris from the site caused damage to several nearby buildings and a thick coating of dust covered numerous properties. This debris and dust are considered waste under Pennsylvania’s environmental laws and regulations, and the deposition of this waste without DEP authorization constitutes a violation.

Of the $39,100 civil penalty, $21,600 will go to Springdale Borough for upgrades and/or maintenance of borough-owned parks and recreational areas. The remaining $17,500 will go to the Commonwealth’s Solid Waste Abatement Fund.

“As we pursued environmental enforcement, DEP prioritized directing the majority of the penalty money back to the community,” DEP Southwest Regional Director Jim Miller said in a release. “Springdale Borough will be able to decide how best to use these funds for park and recreation projects.”

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