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November 12, 2011

Minuteman bringing 200 jobs to Milton

MILTON -- Minuteman Environmental Services will come to the Milton Industrial Park after all, this time to the section in Milton borough, not that in West Chillisquaque Township, and bring with it as many as 200 jobs.

Milton Borough Council has approved a conditional-use request to B3 Development LLP, or Minuteman Environmental Services, to use as a trucking terminal the 23 acres that served the former Integrity Building Systems.

"I am really excited about it. I think it's great," said Milton borough manager Chuck Beck, who was among local officials upset when, facing strong opposition from residents of West Chillisquaque Township, Minuteman in June scrapped its proposed move, and about 80 jobs, to a 15-acre parcel in the industrial park that is in the township.

"What really makes me happiest is it will bring between 150 and 200 jobs locally to this area," Beck said. "That helps the housing, the local businesses in this area -- and they're good-paying, family sustaining wages."

Beck said he wasn't sure of exact salaries but knows some Minuteman jobs pay as much as $16 per hour; drivers holding a commercial license can make between $50,000 and $80,000 a year, he said.

Minuteman's latest plan differs in that it doesn't include the hazardous-waste storage it had proposed for the West Chillisquaque site. The township's concern was possible environmental hazards to the community posed by Minuteman's operations, which include the Marcellus Shale region.

Brian Bolus, Minuteman's owner, and his lawyer, Alvin Luschas, told Borough Council that trucks that haul drill cuttings from Marcellus Shale sites would come through the Milton facility but, by law, can park there only 24 hours before heading to their destinations. The cuttings are classified as residual waste.

Minuteman also hauls fresh water to Marcellus Shale sites for hydraulic fracturing. It doesn't haul back waste water, Bolus said.

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