Special to the Spirit
nvironmental stress has been one of the leading causes of health concerns for long-time Chester residents who believe air quality and pollution are the reasons. To explore the topic, the Chester Environmental Partnership (CEP) held a public meeting last Thursday at Faith Temple Holy Church, 1005 West 7th St., Chester, to discuss and review past and current environmental conditions that have been raising awareness and interest.
Dr. Horace W. Strand, church pastor and CEP chairman, began the presentation with words of encouragement to those who showed in an interest to learn about Chester’s current environmental status.
“What I find is that people who are experiencing problems with the emissions, the nuisance factors of trucks, noise and other things that come with industries that are too close to residential dwellings, usually feel helpless and powerless because they don’t know where to begin to get attention and to resolve the issues they have in their community,” he said.
The partnership is made up of local residents and representatives from the University of Pennsylvania, Widener University, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3; the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP); Chester city government, the Crozer-Keystone Health System, Mother Earth Energy, Inc., Covanta and Delcora.
Adam Cutler, a PILCOP lawyer who has been working with CEP for the past five years, briefly spoke about some of Chester’s current environmental complaints and issues and the federal grant available to help groups address those issues.
“CARE stands for Community Action for a Renewed Environment and EPA gives these grants out every year to only…