Senator Yudichak’s Statement on Lead Exposure Risks and Responses in Pennsylvania: Report of the Advisory Committee and Task Force on Lead Exposure

Harrisburg, April 29, 2019 — State Senator John Yudichak (D- Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after the Joint State Government Commission released the report, “Lead Exposure Risks and Responses in Pennsylvania: Report of the Advisory Committee and Task Force on Lead Exposure”:    

“With the report, we are one step closer to developing a more comprehensive lead assessment and remediation strategy in Pennsylvania. It is now time for the General Assembly to come together and pass the legislative recommendations put forth by the task force so that we can protect Pennsylvanians, especially our children, from the dangers of lead exposure,” said Senator John Yudichak.

The Advisory Committee and Task Force on Lead Exposure was formed after legislation sponsored by Senator Yudichak, SR 33, was approved in 2017. Senator Yudichak will be hosting a press conference on May 7, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol Media Center with members of the Task Force on Lead Exposure to discuss the legislative recommendations in the report.  

To read the report, please click here.


Senator Yudichak Statement on Environmental Quality Board Meeting

Harrisburg, April 16, 2019 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) has released the following statement regarding action taken today by the Environmental Quality Board:

“Today, at a meeting of the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) — of which I am a voting member, I voted to accept for consideration a rulemaking petition submitted by the Clean Air Council to adopt a proposed regulation establishing an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The submitted petition passed this procedural step, and now the proposed regulation goes to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for evaluation.

However, I believe that the EQB rulemaking petition process is not the appropriate way for environmental policy of this breadth to be made, regardless of the validity of the idea.  In our system of government, the elected officials of the General Assembly make the laws. And policy proposals that would touch every aspect of our state economy, such as this, must be considered by those of us directly accountable to the citizens.

To that end, soon I will be introducing a resolution requiring the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct an in-depth study of how such a cap-and-trade system would work in Pennsylvania.  I hope that this will shift the discussion to its appropriate branch of government, and that it will provide the General Assembly with the information it needs to move forward in addressing the devastating effects of climate change.”


Senator Yudichak and Northpoint Development Welcome Spreetail to Luzerne County

Nanticoke, April 3, 2019 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and Northpoint Development announced today that Spreetail will open a fulfillment center in the Nanticoke City section of the Hanover 9 site.

Spreetail is an e-commerce company established in 2006 in Lincoln, Nebraska that is dedicated to making customers’ lives better and easier through a high-quality shopping experience, offering a simple and enjoyable way to shop for home, garden and backyard products. Over the past 13 years, Spreetail has grown and expanded across the country, with offices located in eight cities and six states with over 650 employees.


“Spreetail’s decision to invest in Nanticoke continues to build upon an unprecedented surge in economic growth along the new South Valley Parkway,” said Senator John Yudichak. “Today, with our great partner, NorthPoint Development, we welcome Spreetail to a growing list of global companies that are investing hundreds of millions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs in the South Valley/I-81 corridor.”   

NorthPoint Development, a privately held development firm in Kansas City has invested over $393 million in capital investment in the South Valley Corridor, creating over 4,600 new jobs.

Investment in South Valley Corridor“NorthPoint takes pride in delivering another quality tenant to the Hanover Township – Nanticoke area. We are pleased they will join the names of, Adidas, Patagonia and True Value as great tenants NorthPoint has been able to secure for northeast Pennsylvania. We are proud of the public-private partnership we have built with the city of Nanticoke, Luzerne County, the Earth Conservancy, the school districts and the community college as we continue to invest in the area and keep the momentum to an all time high with capital investment and jobs for the area,” said Brent Miles, Vice President of Economic Development, NorthPoint Development.

In 2019, Spreetail will employ 50 people at the 610,000 sq. foot Hanover 9 site and expects to employ 120 by 2021. They will be hiring fulfillment team members at a starting wage of $16.50 per hour.

“We are very excited to open our new, state of the art facility in Luzerne County. This location offers logistical advantages that allow us to grow our business while creating new opportunities in the surrounding area. The team members we are already adding from the local community will no doubt have a great impact on how we delight our Spreetail customers each day,” said Bret Naugle, Regional Fulfillment Manager, Spreetail.

Masterplanned Industrial ParkThe support that Spreetail has received from the leaders of Luzerne County, Hanover Township, the City of Nanticoke, school districts, Luzerne County Community College, and the Earth Conservancy also made it clear that Luzerne County was the perfect fit for Spreetail.

“The jobs being created by Spreetail are good paying family sustaining jobs that will benefit our residents. We look forward to continuing a partnership that will pay dividends for the South Valley Corridor for years to come,” said Dave Pedri, Luzerne County Manager.

“Spreetail has a long history of community involvement and we are thrilled to welcome Spreetail to the city of Nanticoke and to Luzerne County,” said City of Nanticoke Mayor Nicole Colatosti-Mackiewicz.

The fulfillment center is tentatively expected to open on June 1.