Sunday, February 24, 2008

Trinity Pays Fines

Amanda and Michaela podcast about an article written by Martha Pryt in the Sharon Herald in January 2007
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Greenville Steel Car Company

By: Garrett & Tony

Greenville Steel Car Company made railroad cars. Below are some pictures of some of the railroad cars they made. The railroad cars were built to haul different types of things. For example one of them hauled big logs. Trinity eventually bought the land Greenville Steel Car Co. built the railroad cars on.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Project S.C.A.T. Flyers

Trinity Allowed to Inspect Plant Site

Article By: Monica Pryts
Date: January 22, 2008
Name of Newspaper: Sharon Herald
Summary By: Kristen L. & Destiny W.

Commerce Park of Greenville has been ordered to allow Trinity Industries to enter & inspect the former railcar site for hazardous waste. Judge Arthur J. Schwab of U.S. District Court of Pittsburgh. On Jan. 3, he granted Trinity’s motion to access the property which Commerce Park bought in 2004. Commerce Park is being sued by Trinity. They refused to give Trinity permission to enter the property. The Park asked the court to deny Trinity’s request. The court order said (quote) no later than Feb. 1st Commerce Park should allow Trinity’s environmental consultants to enter the property at 60 Union St.

Trinity Deal Spreads Money Around Town

The Herald Newspaper
Trinity deal spreads money around town
By: Monica Pryts
Published: February 21, 2007
Summary by Paige
This article states that the state Attorney General’s Office handed out more than $50,000 to local organizations. This was part of the settlement with Trinity. Trinity and the state Attorney General’s Office reached a plea agreement on Dec. 21. Trinity pleaded no contest (no contest pleas in Pennsylvania are considered guilty pleas.) to five misdemeanor charges. Trinity was also ordered to pay a $200,000 fine. Trinity paid this fine to Pennsylvania Solid Waste Abatement fund. They also had to pay $52,502 to the state Department of Environmental Protection. To find out more go to…

Trinity Sues New Owner of Plant Site

Newspaper: The Sharon Herald
Date Written: 1/18/08
Author: Monica Pryts
Website found at:

Commerce Park is being sued by Trinity for help in the clean up of its former plant. Commerce Park bought the north plant in 2004 planning to transform the plant for multi-tenant use. In 2006, Trinity was charged by the state Attorney General’s office for illegally dumping waste at the site. Trinity was ordered to clean up and pay a fine of $254,502 and contribute $50,000 to nonprofit organizations. Trinity claims that Commerce Park is also responsible for releasing asbestos by destroying the buildings on the property. William E. Marsteller was the defendant of which Trinity claimed had affairs that have been intertwined with Commerce Park. Go to the website at the top of the page to find out more.


Written by: Freda Tarbell on 12/21/06
Summarized by: By: Garrett & Colton

Trinity was sent to court. They lost because they dumped hazardous illegal chemicals behind the south plant on the baseball field. They had to pay 50,000 dollars to the state’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund, and they had to pay 300,000 dollars in fines. Trinity went into a plea agreement with the state Attorney General’s Office. For more info go to:

Trinity Employee Pleads Guilty to Allowing the Dumping of Hazardous Waste

Published in the Sharon Herald on October 31, 2006
Written by: Monica Pryts
Summarized by: Dakota and Nick W.

Trinity employee pleads guilty to allowing the dumping of hazardous waste. A former maintenance supervisor for Trinity Industries Inc. pleaded no contest Tuesday to allowing illegal dumping of hazardous waste at the company’s former Greenville rail car plant. John H. Bindas is charged on March 31 by the state Attorney General’s office with three felony counts. Bindas pleaded no contest to one count of unlawful management during a plea hearing with Mercer County. The rest of the charges against Bindas were dismissed by the Attorney General’s office. The Attorney General’s office recommended Bindas to pay $1,000 fine and be one sentenced to one year of probation. To read the whole article go to:

Trinity Industries Wants to Inspect Site for Hazardous Waste

Published in the The Herald on January 4, 2008
Written by: Monica Pryts
Summarized by: Tony and Dylan
Trinity Industries Inc. wants to inspect for hazardous materials but the current property owner refused to give them permission. Commerce Park of Greenville Inc. owns the land and has been sued by Trinity. In early 2006 Trinity was charged by the state attorney general’s office for dumping hazardous waste at 60 Union Street. In 2004 Commerce Park bought Trinity’s North Plant and they have been demolishing buildings and structures on the property. To read the entire article go to:

Greenville Mayor Wants Hefty Fines Imposed for Mess

Published in The Herald Newspaper on January 2, 2008
Written By: Monica Pryts
Summarized by: Casey and Taylor

Mayor Richard Miller wants Greenville Commerce Park to pay hefty fines for cleaning up the Trinity site. Greenville Commerce Park bought the property in 2004. They have been since demolishing buildings and structures. They have been leaving scrapes of junk lying around. The fine for violating is $600. Miller proposed raising the price to $1000.00. Joe Joseph, the borough’s solicitor said Pangas would have to tell Commerce Park he will be investigating property for possible violations. Greenville Commerce Park will then have 30 days to remedy the situation if it doesn’t comply, Pangas could issue citations. It would be up to court to see if a fine should be assessed and if the fine should be increased. Council will vote on Tuesday.
For more information on this, go to

Trinity Invests in its Romanian Factory

Published by: International Railway Journal
Written by: Timothy Wallace in January 2001
Summarized by: Paige

This article tells about how Trinity was aiming to expand its presence in Europe. Trinity was cutting back manufacturing of freight wagons in the United States, and they were increasing the number in Europe. The company had already purchased a 70% stake in Astra Vagoane Arad, Romania. Also, it tells about what Trinity's main motive was which was to potentially construct freight vehicles more cheaply while still meeting the required quality and safety standards in both Europe and the USA. You can read more by going to the following site:

Trinity Accused of Illegal Dumping

Article summarized by: Paige, Halie, and Sarah
Published in The Herald: March 31, 2006
Written By: Mike Roknick

This article is about Trinity dumping illegal waste. Trinity Industries and one of its employees were charged by the state Attorney General's office. They were charged because they were dumping and transporting hazardous waste without a license. Each of the counts is punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison along with fines of up to $100,000 a day for every violation. You can find all this and more at:

Friday, February 15, 2008

Trinity Task Force Meeting Scheduled

An email to Mrs. Abernethy from Attorney Dan Wallace:

We have scheduled our first meeting for this Tuesday, 2/19/08 at 7:00 p.m. in the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce's Boardroom. You and your class are very much welcome to attend. Mayor Miller and Stacy Walberg, the current Chamber President, will be there for sure. Tomorrow, I will be calling the folks who have expressed an interest since my letter to the editor was published. I have not yet checked out the blog and wikispace, but I will. I promise. Thank you.

Dan Wallace's Letter to the Editor

Task Force Trinity North looking for concerned citizens By: Daniel P. Wallace
A letter to the Editor
Summary of his letter by: Ben and Robb
Published in the Record-Argus: Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Would you like to learn a little more about the Task Force Trinity North and the Trinity Sites? Here’s where you can find that information. First off, the article about Trinity and the Task Force in the Jan. 24, 2008 stated that the clean up at the Trinity sites wouldn’t be completed until 2009. Dan Wallace stated that he heard the clean up wouldn’t begin until 2009. Secondly, the Task Force can’t do anything about Trinity South because it is still owned by Trinity. Trinity hired an environmental firm in New Jersey to perform remediation. Why New Jersey? Don’t you think it would be more sensible to get an environmental firm in Pennsylvania a little closer to the site? That’s all for now. See Ya.

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Trinity Task Force

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Project Logos

Please view the logos below and choose your favorite. You may just choose the Project S.C.A.T. logo!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Our Parts in the Project

Read about our parts in the project.

By: Dylan
My group and I are doing a project named S.C.A.T. for Project S.C.A.T. I am doing Trinity Industries. The information so far on it is that we have websites and reasons why they're there. We also have pictures on the website. So that is what we have so far!

By: Halie
My friend Sarah and I are interviewing people about Project S.C.A.T. Project S.C.A.T. means project stop contamination at trinity. We are going to interview people like Sarah's dad, and Marie's dad. Those are just two people. There are six. For our group, we have our own wikispace. On our wikispace, we are putting the answers we get from interviews we do.

By: Colton
Hi I'm Colton. My group and I are working on Trinity Industries. We are researching what they do and make. They made railroad cars in Greenville. They painted the cars with cancer causing chemicals. Then it went into the ground. Trinity is in Texas now. I hope they start doing something about cleaning up the mess they left here in Greenville.

By: Kristen
For Project S.C.A.T my group is doing Chemicals, which means that we have to research the chemicals Trinity used, and explain in our own words what they are. For example we researched asbestos. It explained that if you inhale asbestos you would have a possibility of getting Asbestosis which is a really bad type of cancer. This is what Marie , Nick B., Robb and I are doing to help Project S.C.A.T.

By: Destiny
For project S.C.A.T. my group is researching the history of Trinity. This includes the previous owners of Trinity, and what was there before. That is what we are doing for project S.C.A.T.

By: Taylor
Hello I'm Taylor. My group is History of the Property. What we do is we find out who the previous owners were, who owns it now and stuff like that. In my group is Casey, Destiny and I. If you want some more information about Project S.C.A.T and the History of the Property then go to Thats all for now!

By: Casey
Hi! I'm Casey. My group is doi
ng the History of the Property at Trinity. We research about what was there before Trinity, did they use wastes, and much more. Empire Car was there before Trinity and so was Greenville Steel Car. Greenville Steel Car made steel cars for railroads. Then, they sold it to Trinity in 1990.

By: Ben
Hi! My name is Ben and I'm participating in Project S.C.A.T. I'm in the "future" group. We are finding out the Negative and Positive Outcomes of the Trinity sites. The Negative Outcomes are what will happen if the sites aren't cleaned up. The Positive Outcomes are what happens if the Trinity sites are cleaned up. The different subjects in our group are nature, chemical, and community. That's all for now! See Ya!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Sales Agreement

Originally uploaded by cyberchickens
Trinity Industries sells the property to Commerce Park.

Sales Agreement

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"as is, where is, with all faults"

Sales Agreement

Originally uploaded by cyberchickens
Read the clause in this sales agreement between Trinity and Commerce Park.