Welcome to the Chester Environmental Partnership information and resource site.
The Chester Environmental Partnership has positioned itself as an environmental watchdog agency concerned about the health and welfare of residents of the City of Chester and surrounding communities. Our focus is our determination to address and seek resolution for the health impacts of environmental hazards such as air toxics, hazardous waste, and water pollution. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, health institutions, local government, local businesses and the community come to the table to develop strategies to protect the community and to resolve issues that may arise from time to time.
Environmental justice embraces the principle that all people and communities have a right to equal protection and equal enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. America is segregated and so is pollution. Race and class still matter and map closely with pollution, unequal protection, and vulnerability. [Dr. Robert Bullard]
Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. [EPA]
How the site can help the site visitors
If you have an environmental issue, we recommend that you start with follow these steps:
Frequently Asked Questions - Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Section located under the “About CEP” tab at the top of the Home Page. This section contains questions and the appropriate responses for issues residents commonly confront.
NOTE: Contact Numbers are provided for residents of the City of Chester, Pennsylvania, all other residents, please contact your local municipalities.
Issues Resolution Matrix - Refer to the Issues Resolution Matrix Section located on the tab at the top of the Home Page. This section was designed to provide further assistance with any problems that may not have been addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions Section.
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PRESS RELEASE August 30, 2019
Condolences to family and friends of John G. Waffenschmidt It is with sincere and deepest sadness that we heard of the passing of our colleague and friend, John G. Waffenschmidt. John was a tireless fighter for justice and equality for all people. Even though his professional career directed him to work in corporate America, he never forgot that people were the most important issue in business. John worked with Chester Environmental Partnership to formulate a working relationship between business industry regulator agencies and the community to deal with issues that concern the health and welfare of communities and he was nationally known for development of an Environmental Justice policy for industry that is highly respected throughout the country. There are not enough words in the English vocabulary to describe the loving, kind and consider person that of John Waffenschmidt. Our community, our organization and the world as a whole is a better place because of John. We humbly submit this condolences with love and respect for the Waffenschmidt family and we want you to know our prayers are with you at this time of your great loss. Thank you so much for allowing John to be share with others.
Rev. Dr. Horace Strand, Chairman
Alice Wright, Member
Members of the Chester Environmental Partnership:
Environmental Protection Agency
PA Department of Environmental Protection
University of Penn Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
University of Penn Earth & Environmental Sciences
City of Chester
Pennsylvania Resource Council
Public Interest Law Center of Phila
Crozer Keystone Community Foundation
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Donations in honor of John Waffenschmidt by:
Katherine Lowe, Kirkland J. Bily, Lewis Elson, Judy A. Gray, Elizabeth Merlucci, Kelly Gazzo,
Scott Cassel, Hannah Naccari, Samantha Eisenburg, Nathiel Egos, Greg Domino, Christine Salla, Alfred Konnerth, Michelle Jones, John Thompson, Curt Hurst, Thomas Bucks, Jill Stueck,
M. Lorena Palacios-Topilow, Derek T. Grasso & Diane R. Grasso D.V.M., Donna M. Bellino-Berg,
David W. Broggi, Michelle Broggi, Mario Cimino, Pat Draser, NYS Association for Solid Waste Mgt - Susan McIntyre Treasurer, Alpha Delta Pi 2019 Seniors - Quinnipiac University Kimberly Elsworth Peter Guss, Beth Hanson, Alexandra M. Bona, Gregory H. Gesell & Jodean L. Gesell,