Fury as dust cloud engulfs residents.
The final phase of the demolition of the Sunoco 10 Plant on Saturday did not go as expected and township commissioners are furious.
At Monday night’s board of commissioners meeting, commissioners Vince McCormick and Dave D’Angelo expressed disgust with the process, stating that residents were unnecessarily put at risk.
When a tower fell, it hit the ground with such force that a huge plume of dust rose into the sky and travelled from the plant into Trainer.
D’Angelo said commissioners were told that the tower was going to fall in the direction of Hewes Avenue, toward Delaware. But, at the last minute, D’Angelo said, a decision was made by “somebody in charge” to change the direction of how the tower would fall.
“We had everything ready for that tower to fall in the direction we were told,” said D’Angelo. “And a fire policeman was on the Trainer side just to deal with a traffic issue if it occurred. That man and everybody else living in the line of that plume was put at risk and we are not happy about this.”
The DEP came under heavy fire from commissioners, who accused the agency of not following through with promises. D’Angelo said representatives of DEP vowed to be at every demolition, and that did not occur.
D’Angelo also said when the plume occurred on Saturday, he called DEP repeatedly and requested someone come to the scene, and his request was refused.
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