Announcements


PADEP / Adelphia Public Comment until December 14th

posted Dec 5, 2018, 5:29 AM by Greg Lippincott

PA DEP will accept written comments on Adelphia until December 14, 2018. Written comments may be sent to: Jim Rebarchak, Environmental Program Manager at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401. Comments may also be emailed to epseroaqpubcom@pa.gov, with the subject clearly stating that the email is intended for public record.

The Air Quality Plan Approval applications, technical review memos and draft Plan Approvals are available for review online on the DEP Southeast Regional Office webpage or by appointment between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:00 PM at DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 E. Main St., Norristown, PA 19401, 484-250-5910.

PFAS ACTION TEAM

posted Dec 5, 2018, 5:26 AM by Greg Lippincott

In September 2018, Governor Tom Wolf formed the PFAS Action Team to address growing national concerns surrounding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Action Team will be led by the secretaries of Environmental Protection, Health, Military and Veteran Affairs, Community and Economic Development, Agriculture, and the State Fire Commissioner.

The recording of the PFAS Action Team meeting from November 30, 2018 is now available on DEP website at www.dep.pa.gov/pfcs. 

The next public meeting will be held February 12, 2019 with detail to be announced. 

2019 Draft Budget

posted Nov 15, 2018, 11:59 AM by Greg Lippincott

West Rockhill Township’s proposed 2019 budget is open for inspection between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The proposed budget 
will be adopted on December 20, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. A copy draft budget is below. 

West Rockhill DRAFT Township Comprehensive Plan

posted Nov 14, 2018, 10:37 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 10:38 AM ]

West Rockhill Township has a DRAFT Comprehensive Plan for consideration. municipality, the public has the opportunity to review the document on the draft before final action is taken by the West Rockhill Township Board of Supervisors.West Rockhill Township officials plan to schedule a public hearing for the adoption of the comprehensive plan on December 19th, 2018. Please forward any comments you may have on this draft within 45 days to the West Rockhill Township Board of Supervisors 1028 Ridge Road Sellersville PA, 18960

Below is a PDF of the plan. The PDF file is 48 mb. 

DEP to Host Adelphia Gateway Pipeline Hearing in WRT - December 4

posted Nov 7, 2018, 6:21 AM by Judith Decker   [ updated Nov 29, 2018, 2:47 PM by Greg Lippincott ]

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host two public hearingsregarding Adelphia Pipeline Company, LLC’s plans to construct two compressor stations, one each in Delaware and Bucks counties, as part of its Adelphia Gateway project. Both hearings will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Lower Chichester Township Municipal Building and the West Rockhill Township Municipal Building. These hearings are intended to allow residents the opportunity to comment on the draft Plan Approvals. Air Quality Plan Approvals address air pollution sources and applicable control devices, including monitoring and recordkeeping, that will ensure construction and operation are conducted in compliance with applicable rules and regulations. DEP will record testimony and receive written comments throughout the hearing, as well as accept written comments until December 14, 2018. All comments, whether submitted orally or in writing, are considered equal and will be responded to in a comment response document following the review. Those wishing to testify in person should contact Community Relations Coordinator Virginia Cain at vicain@pa.gov or 484-250-5808; pre-registration is requested but not required. Written

comments may be sent to: Jim Rebarchak, Environmental Program Manager at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401. Comments may also be emailed to epseroaqpubcom@pa.gov, with the subject clearly stating that the email is intended for public record.


The Air Quality Plan Approval applications, technical review memos and draft Plan Approvals are available for review online on the DEP Southeast Regional Office webpage or by appointment between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:00 PM at DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 E. Main St., Norristown, PA 19401, 484-250-5910.


WHAT: Air Quality Hearings – Adelphia Pipeline Company, LLC

WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHERE: Lower Chichester Township Municipal Building, 1410 Market Street, Linwood, PA 19061 and the cafeteria of the West Rockhill Elementary School, located at: 1000 Washington Ave, Sellersville, PA 18960

Bucks County A-Z Recycling Guide

posted Dec 7, 2017, 6:47 AM by Judith Decker   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 3:28 PM ]

The County of Bucks has issued a Bucks County Recycling A-Z Guide for resident use. Please print and save a copy for your convenience. For more information visit our Trash & Recycling page. 

WRT Under SPOTTED LANTERNFLY General Quarantine

posted Jun 20, 2017, 12:28 PM by Judith Decker   [ updated Dec 10, 2018, 12:55 PM ]

West Rockhill Twp is under a Spotted Lantern Quarantine imposed by the PA Dept of Agriculture on June 24, 2017. Experts are still learning about this threat to agriculture in Pennsylvania and the United States and how to combat it. See this flyer for more information also available at the Township building. The Spotted Lanternfly has been found in West Rockhill Township. For the latest information about this new pest, please consult this Penn State Extension link: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly?utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fextension.psu.edu%2fspotted-lanternfly&utm_campaign=Sellersville+to+Receive+Major+State+Grant+for+Sewer+Project



The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recommends (based on information from PennState Extension [9]):

1) Kill eggs October through May by scraping them off of surfaces, “Double bag them and throw them in the garbage,"[4] or scrape the eggs directly into a ziploc bag of alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them. [10]

2) Removing/killing 90% Ailanthus altissima trees (Chinese Sumac or Tree of Heaven)  since the spotted lanternfly requires a meal from this non-native tree before laying eggs. They recommend saving the male trees as "trap trees", see #3. To kill the tree of heaven, it can be cut down and the stump sprayed with 44% triclopyr-in-water solution, for example Garlon 3A Herbicide. Otherwise, it will send out new shoots. DO NOT MOVE CUT TREES OCT-MAY when they might contain egg masses. Or you can leave the tree standing and kill it with 12% triclopyr-in-oil solution as a basal bark application. You may have to mix the triclopyr-in-oil. The two components are Triclopyr 4 and basil oil with dye.

3) The remaining male "trap" trees should be wrapped with sticky bands starting in early spring to catch any nymphs. These trees should also be treated with systemic pesticides June-August. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recommends applying pesticides containing Dinotefuran or Imidacloprid as a basal bark spray.[11] One example would be Zylam Liquid.


Spotted Lanternfly Regulations: What the General Quarantine Means for Cannot Be Moved Items 
Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a new threat to Pennsylvania and the United States. It lays egg masses of 30-50 eggs wherever there’s a flat surface – meaning that many home items easily transported can pack this pest and help it spread quickly. Therefore, a general quarantine over any area found to harbor the Spotted Lanternfly means that any material or object that can spread the pest cannot be moved. 

Regulated Articles and Limitations Imposed by the General Quarantine:
• Any living life stage of the Spotted Lanternfly 
• Brush, debris, bark, or yard waste 
• Landscaping, remodeling or construction waste 
• Logs, stumps or any tree parts 
• Firewood of any species 
• Packing materials like wood crates 
• All plants and plant parts 
• Outdoor household articles like RVs, lawn mowers, chairs, grills, tarps, tile, stone, deck boards, and trucks or other vehicles not stored indoors 

You can move these and similar items if: 
• You have a valid certificate or limited permit that shows that the item has been inspected and determined free of Spotted Lanternfly, or if you have entered a compliance agreement that shows you have the understanding to identify the pest and can ensure the items you transport aren’t carrying it. 
• You are driving through the quarantined area and are transporting your item in a way that makes it unlikely to harbor the pest as you pass through. 
• You complete a certification checklist. 


• Quarantine Questions: Dana Rhodes 717-772-5205 danrhodes@pa.gov 
• To report possible Spotted Lanternfly: 1-866-253-7189 or badbug@pa.gov

With your assistance, we can stop the spread of Spotted Lanternfly, and increase our chances of eradication of this pest. 

ERT-WRT Water Well Testing Notice

posted Nov 18, 2016, 9:44 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated Jul 12, 2018, 5:25 AM ]

West Rockhill Township was informed in November of 2016 that wells in East Rockhill Township have been found to have slightly elevated levels of PFCs (perfluorinated compounds) in the water resulting in North Penn taking one of its wells offline. After sampling private drinking water wells located within 1 mile of the North Penn Authority wells, it was discovered that additional private wells in West Rockhill contained PFCs and the investigation radius was increased to include the Bethlehem Pike and Old Mill Road area of West Rockhill Township. The investigation in ongoing.

The Pennsylvania DEP has dedicated website to posting results from the investigations and other information on PFOA and PFOS. Additional Notices are at the bottom of the page.

DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS IS AUGUST 31, 2018

Lena Harper PADEP-SE Regional Office
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
lharper@pa.gov
www.dep.pa.gov/pfcs
484-250-5721

DEP MAP Ridge Run North Penn Well Map

Well Testing Company: Certified Water Services in Newtown 215-968-8860 Approx. cost $495, takes one-three months for results for PFOS and PFAS testing

Be Prepared for Emergencies

posted Jan 5, 2016, 5:53 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 8:03 AM by Greg Lippincott ]

Find useful preparedness information below:

For current weather and updates go to: 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/national.php?thumbs=on 

Bucks County's Emergency Preparedness Guide:

http://ow.ly/Xngpu 

Pennsylvania State EMA: 

http://www.pema.pa.gov/   (click on Alerts) 

Personal Preparedness Steps (American Red Cross): 

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family  

PA Homeland Security Advisory Level: 

http://www.homelandsecurity.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx#.VAnjpfmwInU 

National Homeland Security Advisory Level:

http://www.terror-alert.com/ 

Illegal Roadside Dumping

posted May 4, 2015, 6:04 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated Jun 20, 2016, 7:33 AM ]

It is unlawful to “throw, deposit, place, or dump…upon any street or highway or upon any public or privately owned land without the owner’s consent…”

Littering or dumping trash, furniture, electronics, animal carcasses, grass or brush clippings, construction materials, etc. along roadsides is prohibited. Violations are misdemeanors and punishable by fines of up to $1000.00 or 90 days in jail, or both. (Ordinance 167)

Residents are asked to be observant of suspicious vehicles and activity. If you witness roadside dumping, note the vehicle description, license plate number and dumping location and call the Pennridge Regional Police Non-Emergency line: 215-257-5104 immediately.

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