The slowdown in economy also has an affect on work by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission. At its monthly meeting held Wednesday evening at the courthouse in Pottsville the board had no county subdivision plans to review as the building slump continues.

The slowdown was also reflected in the number of zoning permits issues. For the month of November only 25 permits were lifted to begin constructions, the lowest number recorded to date.

The board reviewed three subdivision plans submitted to the planning board of West Brunswick Township and one each from Schuylkill Township and Butler Township and found they complied with the county land use and returned them with no comment for further action.

The board received reports on projects being initiated throughout the county.

The PP&L Electric Utilities has submitted an application to the PADEP (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) for the relocation of two existing overhead wire overhead wire crossing of the Little Schuylill River to accomodate the construction of a new bridge by PennDOT on Center Street in Tamaqua.

An application has been submitted to the Department of General Services for the development of an initial park operation facilities in Pine Grove Township by constructing aggregate trails with stabilized shoulders, paved trails and three trailheads throughout the state park. The new facilities will be used by bikers, hikers and equestrians.

PADEP has notified the county that it has issued a hazardous waste permit to Copperhead Chemical Company, Inc., Walker Township, for its hazardous waste thermal treatment facility which is used for the safe disposal of waste materials generated in the manufacturing process.

Richard E. PIerson Construction Company, Inc., 730 Mountain Road, Walker Township, has submitted an application to PADEP for approval to construct, modify or reactivate an air contamination source and/or install an air cleaning devise at its Middleport Quarry.