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...While the eyes of the world are focused on BP's activities in the Gulf, the company's various divisions continue to conduct business as usual, including a recent deal that includes technology licensed from the University of Florida.
BP Biofuels of North America entered an agreement to acquire Verenium Corporation's cellulosic biofuels business for $98.3 million, the companies announced last week.
That includes Cambridge, Mass.-based Verenium's technology that uses enzymes to produce ethanol from woody and fibrous materials, a process developed by UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences microbiologist Lonnie Ingram.
BP will take over a demonstration plant in Jennings, La., a research and development facility in San Diego and is building a biofuels plant in Highlands County....
from: BP Biofuels takes over ethanol process developed by UF by Anthony Clark, Business editor, The Gainesville Sun, Wednesday, July 21, 2010  (Click here to read entire article)

The debate over the use of corn-based ethanol still makes news!!
from: Ethanol gets skewered by recent CBO assessment by Tom Philpott, July 16, 2010

"...The CBO had been charged by Congress to calculate just what the public is getting for its investment in ethanol production: specifically, the $0.45/gallon tax credit that gasoline blenders get for mixing ethanol into the fuel supply. In 2009, 10.8 billion gallons of corn ethanol got used in such a manner, costing the federal Treasury $5.16 billion in reduced tax revenue....
 
...The CBO report states the case bluntly: "Because the production of ethanol draws so much energy from coal and natural gas, it can be thought of as a method for converting natural gas or coal to a liquid fuel that can be used for transportation."

The CBO is referring to the fact that it requires lots of energy to convert a bushel of corn into engine fuel, and most ethanol plants are powered by natural gas; the rest by coal. And that doesn't account for the vast amount of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer needed to grow the corn in the first place. Synthesizing nitrogen, too, requires huge amounts of natural gas....


Click here to read entire article
Click here to go the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) report: Using Biofuel Tax Credits to Achieve Energy and Environmental Policy Goals   
Another CBO Report: Impact of Ethanol Use on Food Prices and Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

"A group dedicated to strengthening Letterkenny asked the owner of the Cumberland Valley Business Park to transfer the land to Letterkenny to improve the depot's military value. The request came less than two days after Defense Secretary Robert Gates called for "closer, harsher scrutiny" of Pentagon spending.
"What he said was coded talk to plan for another BRAC (base realignment and closure commission)," said Dr. John Gray, retired top-ranking civilian at Letterkenny.
BRAC planners look at "military value" and other issues when judging installations...." from:
100 acres to go back to Letterkenny Army Depot By Jim Hook, Senior writer, Public Opinion, May 11, 2010 (Click to read entire article)

"A tentative agreement between Chambersburg Area school board and Team Letterkenny will return 108 acres of land to Letterkenny Army Depot. The board is expected to overturn its 4-4 Wednesday vote that blocked the deal....
...(Jerry) Warnement says the 108 acres are crucial to the depot's survival. If the depot gets the land back, it will immediately get to work building additional housing facilities on-base for military employees, as well as morale, welfare and recreation amenities....
...(Mike) Ross met with School Board President Stanley Helman, who agreed to work to a resolution. In return, the depot will maintain the softball field and make it available to the district for use.
"The school board supports all actions to expand Letterkenny Army Depot and grow jobs in Franklin County," (Stanley) Helman said in a Team Letterkenny press release. "I look forward to working with Team Letterkenny and the School Board to bring this request to successful resolution...."
from: School district to return 108 acres to Letterkenny by Rob Luff, Public Opinion, April 24, 2009

"Chambersburg Area school board voted down a request by Team Letterkenny to give 108 acres of land back to Letterkenny Army Depot. Jerry Warnement of Team Letterkenny says that land is imperative to preserving Franklin County's number one employer, and by extension, the county's economy....
Another BRAC is likely to occur soon, and Warnement said the depot needs that land back so that it can provide Army housing facilities, morale, welfare and recreation utilities.
With those utilities, it has a better chance for surviving the next BRAC, because it is competing with four other depots that do provide those amenities to military employees.
If a BRAC closes the depot, Franklin County could lose about 3600 jobs...."

from: School district to keep Letterkenny land by Rob Luff, Public Opinion, April 23, 2009

Excerpt from May 1998 letter to the BRAC Environmental Coordinator re: use of land to be given to CASD:
 

"4.C - Barracks and Residential Housing Area
     This area consists of Kenny Gardens, a former residential housing facility for military personnel with families.  It also has numerous military-style wood structure buildings that provide office space for depot operations.  There are two areas on this parcel that provide recreational opportunities.
 
School district proposed use includes leasing Kenny Gardens to PA Minor Judiciary for housing district justices and judges as they receive training in other areas of the depot."

Click here to read the entire 1998 CASD Reuse letter to BRAC describing what the CASD would do with the land if given it by LIDA.

 
Click here for a few photos of the Kenny Gardens and other CASD buildings at LEAD almost 5 years after LIDA deeded the property to the School District on January 30, 2003. 

►  Add or update your email address and/or your snail-mail address to our lists for updates about CASD and the LEAD land by clicking here!

What is "upcycling?"  "...take waste, process it, and turn it into a useful product.
 
The initial business plan was written for a business plan contest sponsored by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club.  The following summer, Tom Szaky and Jon Beyer made arrangements with Princeton Dining Services to accept dining hall waste and process it in their prototype 'Worm Gin'.  The waste turned out to be a bit messier than they had anticipated, but they perservered....
 
...TerraCycle has been named one of the 100 most innovative companies by Red Herring magazine and been awarded the Environmental Stewardship Award from Home Depot Canada...."
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PA 33rd Senatorial District race!!!  "Alloway said he would bring the DEP office back to Franklin County. He also said the state doesn't need new laws but, rather, enforcement of the current laws.
He said land preservation is important for this area...." from: 
33rd Senatorial District candidates discuss the issues by Roscoe Barnes III, Public Opinion, 4/4/2008

"Alloway, of Chambersburg, Pa., the last of the four to address the question, cited the need for better planning. He was the only candidate to suggest reopening a local Department of Environmental Protection office, an idea praised by DeEtta Antoun, director of Citizens for a Quality Environment.
"Who doesn't want clean air and clean water?" Alloway asked. "The question is, how are we going to do it? How are we going to pay for it and how are we going to get it done? We need to reopen the DEP and fund it properly."...  from: Pa. Senate candidates take questions at Fayetteville forum
by Chris Carter, Herald-Mail.com, 4/4/08
 

 
►  The Franklin County PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) closed its Chambersburg office in September 2005 after providing much needed local  environmental protection services to Franklin County for 18 years. 

"Plans for a "big box" retail store west of Chambersburg are making their way through the approvals process. Design engineers have submitted plans for connecting a 151,765-square-foot store to sewer in Hamilton Township. Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc. of Coraopolis, however, have yet to submit a land development or subdivision plan to Hamilton Township Supervisors....
...Lennon, Smith, Souleret has designed projects for Wal-Mart, Target and Home Depot. The company was the engineer for a Wal-Mart Supercenter project abandoned in Kilbuck Township, Allegheny County, when the construction site slid onto Pa. 65 in September 2006....
...The "Hamilton Township Retail Center" would be built on 50 acres owned by H. Huber McCleary at Lincoln Way West (U.S. 30) across from Warm Spring Road (Pa. 995), according to the sewage planning module. The store would be at the rear of the lot, near Crottlestown Road. A road, Commerce Drive, would connect Lincoln Way to Crottlestown Road behind the township garages. The store would have a main entrance with a grocery canopy on the left side and a general merchandise canopy on the right.
The proposed store would be slightly smaller than the 184,000-square-foot Wal-Mart in Waynesboro and larger than the 133,000-square-foot Target at Chambersburg Crossing..."
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Big retailer--perhaps Wal-Mart--planned for Hamilton Township by Jim Hook, Public Opinion, July 1, 2008
 
June 30, 2008: Rumors have circulated for some time that Walmart would be building a new store on Route 30, West of Chambersburg, in Hamilton Township.  It now appears that Walmart may be seriously considering a new store north of Route 30 near the entrance to Warm Spring Road?  Have any plans been shown to Hamilton Township officials?  When will the public learn what is planned?

"Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption. That comes at an annual cost of more than $100 billion. At the same time, food prices and the number of Americans without enough to eat continues to rise...." from WastedFood.com, Jonathan Bloom's website/Blogsite.
"...When you’re looking for it, you see food waste everywhere–at restaurants, in large portions and even in your own refrigerator. If more and more people recognize their own food waste, we can take a bite out of this problem...."
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Important corn ethanol article!! "...the green-fuel boom touted as a clean, eco-friendly alternative to gasoline is proving to have its own dirty costs. Growing corn demands lots of water, and, in eastern Colorado, this means intensive irrigation from an already stressed water table, the great Ogallala Aquifer. One sign of trouble: in just the past two decades, farmers tapping into the local aquifers have helped to shorten the North Fork of the Republican River, which starts in Yuma County, by 10 miles. The ethanol boom will only hasten the drop further, say scientist and engineers studying the aquifers. The region's water shortage has pitted water-hungry farmers against one another. And lurking in the cornrows: lawsuits and interstate water squabbles could shut down eastern Colorado's estimated $500 million annual ethanol bonanza with the swing of a judge's gavel. Collectively, "[ethanol] is clearly not sustainable," says Jerald Schnoor, a professor of engineering at the University of Iowa and co-chairman of an October 2007 National Research Council study for Congress that was critical of ethanol....   
...the effort to keep the good times rolling locally has actually fueled a bitter Hatfield-vs.-McCoy atmosphere in these parts. "There's definitely tension between families," one long-time Yuma corn farmer said, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation. Here's the trouble: eastern Colorado is painfully dry, but it sits on top of one of the world's largest underground freshwater oceans—the Ogallala Aquifer, which stretches from Montana to New Mexico. Seepage from the Ogallala in eastern Colorado creates the headwaters for the North Fork of the Republican River, which flows past the Adamson family farm and into Nebraska and Kansas. But before the Republican reaches the border, 4,000 groundwater wells tap the Ogallala, which depletes the river further and faster than rain or winter runoff can recharge it. Near Yuma County, the water table has dropped more than 100 feet in the past few decades, drying out Adamson's post holes."... from:
Liquid Gold: Ethanol is supposed to be good for the environment. But producing green fuel can cost a lot of water.  by Jim Moscou, Newsweek Web Exclusive, February 21, 2008 (Click to read)

December 14, 2007  "...Kinsley Construction Inc., York, is the apparent low bidder for a contract to widen the bridge to five lanes at Interstate 81's Exit 20. PennDOT opened bids Thursday morning....
The new bridge will include two lanes of traffic in both directions, a center left-turn lane and a 5-foot-wide sidewalk along the south side edge.
The two-span bridge will be 70 feet wide -- more than twice as wide as the existing 30-foot-wide bridge....
...About 12,100 vehicles daily travel over the bridge. Trucks from Letterkenny Army Depot and Cumberland Valley Business Park use it to access I-81, as do vehicles going to Chambersburg Mall...." 
  York bidder may get contract to replace I-81 overpass at Pa. 997 by Jim Hook, Public Opinion, 12/14/2007

December 12, 2007  "Bids to widen the Pa. 997 bridge over Interstate 81 at Scotland are to be opened Thursday....
One lane of traffic will be maintained on the bridge throughout the construction period, according to Punt.
There will be no detour.
Traffic will travel the existing bridge while half of the new bridge is built. Traffic will then shift to the new bridge, and the other half of the bridge will be constructed and the old bridge demolished.
The bridge at Exit 20 is in the worst condition of the 19 highway bridges crossing I-81 in Franklin County, according to PennDOT inspection records. The bridge, built in 1963, is also well-known for congestion...."

Bids to be opened Thursday for long-awaited bridge work at I-81, Pa. 997 by Jim Hook, Public Opinion, 12/12/2007

November 28, 2007  "The Army's top brass will honor Letterkenny Army Depot civilian workers today for their role in winning the third and fourth Shingo awards for the depot.
Letterkenny, the Army's only depot to win a Shingo Medallion three years in a row, is the largest employer in Franklin County.
Business Week has referred to the Shingo Prize as the "Nobel prize of manufacturing" because it establishes a standard for world-class excellence...." 
Letterkenny earns Shingo prizes by Jim Hook, Public Opinion, 11.29.07 (Click here)
Also see: Brass salutes civilians: Letterkenny collects its Shingo awards by Jim Hook, Public Opinion, 11.30.07 (Click to read)

November 27, 2007  Greene Township Supervisor's Meeting, Franklin County
Greene Township Supervisors approved a $200,000 Ag Preservation Disbursement specifically for the preservation of 3 Greene Township farms.  This Disbursement will be combined with the Franklin County Commissioner's Ag Preservation Program and state moneys to purchase the development rights to the farms.  Chairman, Dave Jamison said that this is Greene Township money going to preserve Green Township farms and will, thereby, help control some of the growth in the Township.
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November 23, 2007 NEW in Franklin County, PA  "The Army has spent $118 million studying and cleaning up tainted soils and groundwater at the depot north of Chambersburg since 1982. The Army and its tenants has been one of the largest employers in Franklin County since its inception during World War II. Vehicle repair was Letterkenny's bread-and-butter for decades....
 
...LIDA has been successful in attracting new industry despite limited-depth excavations imposed by environmental conditions. About 200 acres could get a clean bill of environmental health because groundwater under it is clear of contaminants...."
 
25-year depot cleanup hits milestone by Jim Hook, Public Opinion, November 23, 2007

How has the BRAC 95 land helped Franklin County?
LIDA's Cumberland Valley Business Park (CVBP) currently has 40 businesses as tenants.  These businesses employ 1,020 people.
Just a snapshot of the LIDA sales:
November 2007: Franklin County Area Development Corp. (FCADC) agreed to pay $286,650 for 6.37 acres.
September 2007: A.C. Fergusson agreed to purchase 17 acres for $1,660,000.
June 2007: $500,000 from a sale of 22 acres to FCADC
May 2006: LIDA approved the sale of three acres for $95,000 to G&R Enterprise LLC for a proposed car wash and coffee shop.
Approximately 40 acres with WWII vintage warehouses is being lease-purchased by The Woods Company--purchase price $2.1 million. 
     - $1 million lease-purchase agreement with MAC Builders LLC, for 10 acres
     - Bell Trucking purchased 3 acres at the corner of Letterkenny Road West & Carbaugh Avenue for $90,000.
$24 million Franklin County Jail is not included in the above CVBP tenant/employee numbers. Franklin County Jail has 135 employees and 370 inmates (could expand to hold 700).
County Commissioner, Warren Elliot referred to the Jail as the "largest construction project in the county's history..." Public Opinion, May 2007
Letterkenny Army Depot currently has approximately 3,000 employees.
Chambersburg Area School District (CASD) uses buildings on their land for Manito students and the sports fields for practice sessions.
Local residents and The Fitness Club members use the CASD area nearby roads for walking and running.
Rocky Spring Golf Course; United Churches of Chambersburg; housing for Army personnel; LIDA created a large wetland with a Growing Greener to process run-off
The preceding is not a complete listing.

(Click to a list of other CVBP tenants)

Water supplied to CVBP, the Army, the Jail, and School District is from the Letterkenny Reservoir in Roxbury and goes through the LIDA Franklin County General Authority's water treatment plant. 

Franklin County Elected Representatives:
 
Congressman Bill Shuster
United States House of Representatives
1108 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-3809
202-225-2431
202-225-2486 (fax)
Email a message to Rep. Shuster at:

http://www.house.gov/shuster/zipauth.htm
 

Rep. Shuster's office in Chambersburg, PA:
100 Lincoln Way East, Suite B
Chambersburg, PA 17201
717-264-8308
717-264-0269 (fax)


Rob Kauffman
89th District State Representative
District Offices:
166 South Main Street
Chambersburg PA 17201

Tel: 717-264-3943
Fax: 717-264-2893

9974 Molly Pitcher Highway
Shippensburg PA 17257

Tel: 717-532-1707
Fax: 717-532-5043

 
Capitol Office:
163 East Wing
PO Box 202089
Harrisburg, PA
17120-2089
Tel: 717-705-2004
Fax: 717-783-1341

Email: rkauffma@pahousegop.com 
Website: http://www.repkauffman.com/

July 19, 2007
Greenway and Open Space Plan for Franklin County, Public Meeting was held Thursday, July 19th in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 14 North Main Street, Chambersburg at 10:00 AM.

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The Franklin County Planning Commission has outlined greenways -- linear open spaces for walking, bicycling or canoeing -- that could enhance the quality of life in the county.
The commission will present its countywide Greenways and Open Space Plan from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Norlo Park Community Center off U.S. 30 south of Fayetteville. The public is invited to comment on the draft plan....
 
"...Developing greenways and open space can provide recreational opportunities, protect water quality and diminish flood risks," said Phil Tarquino, director of the Franklin County Planning Office.
"The economic benefits of greenways and open space have been well established," Franklin County Planner Dan Wolfe said. "They attract new residents and encourage new companies to locate in a region. They spin off new business opportunities, such as bike and boat rentals, trailside restaurants and lodgings. We have some of the most beautiful natural resources in the commonwealth right here in Franklin County, and a network of greenways and open space will allow us to tap into their economic potential."
 
Recreation gets a close look: County looks for ways to enhance use of greenways by Jim Hook, Senior writer, Public Opinion, May 22, 2007 (Click to read entire article)
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"State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) extends congratulations to DeEtta Antoun on being appointed to the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Citizens Advisory Council....
"At Kauffman’s recommendation, Antoun was recently appointed by Speaker of the House John M. Perzel (R-Philadelphia) to the DEP Citizens Advisory Council. DeEtta has been the director of Citizens for a Quality Environment in Chambersburg since 2004...."
Click to read the entire announcement on Representative Rob Kauffman's website 

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