Community Outreach

Pfizer is committed to an inclusive stakeholder engagement process. Since acquiring Pharmacia & Upjohn Company LLC and the property through its acquisition of Pharmacia Corporation in 2003, Pfizer has consistently engaged federal, state and local stakeholders. Under the guidance of USEPA, Pfizer developed a Community Relations Plan (CRP) as a guide to sharing information and obtaining public input during the corrective measures implementation phase of the project.

North Haven Citizens' Advisory Panel

In 1995, the North Haven First Selectman established the Citizens' Advisory Panel (CAP) as a conduit to the community for information regarding the environmental investigation and remediation of the Upjohn property. Between 2003 and 2019, Pfizer met with the CAP on numerous occasions and hosted CAP members at the site. Input and feedback obtained from the CAP was instrumental in the corrective measures process and helped shape the approved remedy and future vision for the property. The CAP, representing a broad cross-section of the community, has maintained consistent membership through multiple town administrations in order to provide Pfizer, USEPA, CTDEEP and in particular, the local community, with solid input and feedback based on the concerns of the stakeholders.

The founding members of the North Haven Citizens' Advisory Panel were honored with the prestigious 2011 USEPA Environmental Merit Award for their long-term commitment and outstanding efforts on this project. The entire CAP was honored by the Town of North Haven on June 2, 2011 with a proclamation recognizing their service. In preparation for the transition from a RCRA Order to a CTDEEP Stewardship Permit, the final CAP meeting was held in June 2019.

Annette Gattilia (1921-2014)

It is with heavy hearts that we recognize the passing of Annette Gattilia, a founding member of the North Haven Citizens' Advisory Panel (CAP). Annette represented North Haven on the CAP for nearly 20 years as a community advocate and a steward of the environment. She, along with the other founding members of the CAP, was honored with the prestigious 2011 USEPA Environmental Merit Award for her long-term commitment and outstanding efforts on this site.

In 1979, Annette first raised concerns about the conditions at the Upjohn site. Her consistent efforts in raising public awareness, in part, led to the site investigation and ultimately corrective measures at the site. For 35 years, Annette remained steadfast in her commitment to North Haven and the Quinnipiac River region.

In February 2014, Annette and her husband Rico, were recognized by the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA) for their efforts along the Quinnipiac River. The Gattilia Family Library at QRWA headquarters is a tribute to their dedication and resolve.

Those of us who have been privileged to work beside Annette are grateful for all her contributions. The remedy and restoration of Pharmacia & Upjohn Company site is a part of her legacy.

Stakeholder Engagement

A broad stakeholder engagement process was implemented throughout the site investigation, reuse planning and corrective measures processes. Pfizer and its consultants worked with community representatives and environmental groups to establish key objectives for the remediation and future use of the property. These groups included the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA), North Haven Land Trust, Regional Growth Partnership, North Haven Trail Association, and numerous town boards and commissions.

Local Buying Commitment

Pfizer and its consultants are committed to returning benefit to the community. Throughout the corrective measures implementation process contractors and consultants purchased from local vendors and suppliers whenever possible.

Reuse Planning

As Pfizer worked to understand the community's preferences in redevelopment, the team implemented a stakeholder-driven reuse planning process which included market analysis, feasibility planning, and stakeholder interviews with the real estate community, economic development leaders, Town boards and commissions, the CAP, and many other stakeholders. This process included presentations and discussions with hundreds of stakeholders.

As the concept of an "ecological preserve" began to take shape, Pfizer worked closely with environmental stakeholders including the QRWA, North Haven Land Trust, Yale University and University of New Haven experts on the Quinnipiac, as well as expert consultants in ecological restoration and interpretive planning.