"The borough remains hopeful that Wyeth, now controlled by Pfizer Inc., will demonstrate corporate responsibility by abiding by the court's decision, bringing their past-due sewer account up to date, and paying their future obligations in a timely fashion," Borough Council president Jordan C. Norley said in a statement.
Mixing sometimes-toxic chemicals is part of making pharmaceuticals. The Goose Creek plant was designed and built in the late 1980s in large part to accommodate wastewater - "effluent," in sewer lexicon - discharged from the Wyeth plant that was located on the corner of South Bolmar and East Nields Streets in West Chester.
But in 2004, Wyeth decided to close the plant and by 2006 had demolished the buildings. Though it no longer sent wastewater into the sewers, it kept making payments.
Companies often bear responsibility for agreements made by companies acquired in a takeover, but Pfizer notified the borough in 2011 that it objected to making further payments, arguing that its obligations under the Wyeth-West Chester agreement ended because there was no plant producing wastewater. Negotiations ended when Wyeth/Pfizer sued in 2012.
"We disagree with Wyeth's contention that these actions with respect to the facilities on its property caused the agreement to terminate," Shenkin wrote in a decision he signed Sunday and filed Monday after a weeklong nonjury trial.
"We are disappointed with the court's decision and are considering all of our legal options," Pfizer spokeswoman Joan Campion said by e-mail.