Waste hauler gets OK for Shady Grove site

Shawn Hardy

A company that handles hazardous waste, hazardous materials and recyclables for the federal government and commercial customers like Manitowoc got the go-ahead Tuesday night for a transportation and warehouse facility in Shady Grove.

Two representatives of Tradebe Environmental Services testified at a conditional use hearing before Antrim Township's board of supervisors and the planning commission. After the hearing, the planners recommended approval of the application, which was then OK'd by supervisors without any conditions.

Tradebe has operated on Industrial Drive in Chambersburg for more than five years, but the new site at 1620 Buchanan Trail East offers more space. Justin Gelvin, local technical services operations manager, hopes to move in by the first quarter of 2019.

Tradebe has more than 20 transportation and disposal facilities in the United States, as well as locations throughout Europe and Asia. It "specializes in minimizing the industrial carbon footprint throughout the world."

The hearing 

During the hearing, Gelvin and Craig Mooneyham, regional technical services operations manager, testified about what the company does, safety, permitting and what is planned at the former pallet company property owned by Nelson Shank.

There would be up to five trailers on site and one or two trucks in a day for the transfer of containers of materials such as paints, cutting oils, antifreeze and batteries or "anything you'd find across the street at Manitowoc," Gelvin said. There will be no explosive or radioactive materials.

Containerized waste, from 5-gallons buckets to 55-gallon barrels to totes, would be stored on trailers at the site then transferred to other trailers for shipping. The containers are Department of Transportation certified, Mooneyham said.

The trailers would be located on the impervious macadam or the sealed concrete loading dock and the trailers are recognized as a secondary containment system, Gelvin said. He added spill containment kits are on hand and employees and drivers are trained to use them.

Tradebe has a serious health and safety plan and the company goes through rigorous permitting with state and federal agencies, according to information provided at the hearing.

There have been no spills in Chambersburg, according to Mooneyham.

In Chambersburg, Tradebe has had "yearly success with unannounced DEP inspections," Gelvin said. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has approved the move to Shady Grove.

The warehouse would only be used to store empty containers that are then sold and delivered to customers. None of the waste would enter the building.

Supervisor John Alleman, a member of the Rescue Hose Co., asked about a fire plan and referenced the 2015 fire at the site, when it was a pallet company, that drew firefighters from six counties.

Gelvin said he has been in contact with the local fire chief and the company also has to address issues like a fire plan on state paperwork.

Initially, there will be two full-time employees with about six drivers and technicians in and out with the trucks, Mooneyham said. Work at the site would be from around 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tradebe would like to grow and Gelvin cited the warehouses along Interstate 81 where the company could provide services, such as removing products like expired Clorox.

About 10 local residents were in the audience and Ray Martin of Gearhart Road asked a number of questions, including what would happen with future growth of the facility.

Sylvia House, township zoning officer, said that would require the land development plan process with the township.

The site is in a community commercial zone and warehouses are permitted as a conditional use. House said supervisors could impose conditions such as fencing or lighting, but added that said a fence might hinder an emergency response and there already is lighting in place.

"I was unable to come up with any other conditions," House said, before supervisors approved Tradebe's request. Supervisors Chad Murray, Fred Young, Rick Baer and John Alleman voted "yes," while Pat Heraty, who works for Waste Management, abstained.