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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio Renews Calls for Rejection of Hazardous Waste Incinerator

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Burlington County Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio voiced opposition to a second application by Elcon Recycling Services LLC to construct a hazardous waste incinerator along the Delaware River in Falls Township, Pennsylvania.

“After well over a year of silence, we find ourselves face-to-face with Elcon Recycling Services LLC once again as they attempt to apply for state permits for the construction of a hazardous waste incinerator along the Delaware River,” said Director Garganio. “This Board is no stranger to confrontation with Elcon. With the safety of our residents in mind, we have passed resolutions in the past calling for the rejection of the development of this hazardous and unnecessary waste incinerator and will continue to oppose this effort.”

“Tonight, I will personally write to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Governor Tom Wolf calling for their rejection of the proposed hazardous waste incinerator,” added Garganio. “A resolution will be on the next agenda urging them to do the same.”

A recent legal advertisement noted that the Operations and Design applications process (PHASE II) application will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection around February 21, 2017.

“On their first attempt, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection denied Elcon’s initial Phase I application on February 4, 2015 after it determined that Elcon had not addressed critical environmental issues and potential impact on the environment,” explained Garganio.

At the January 14, 2015 public meeting, the Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution urging the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to reject the first application for the industrial hazardous waste incinerator.

Garganio went on to state that, “the negative impacts of the proposed incinerator would not only be felt by the residents of Falls Township, but also the residents of the surrounding areas including here in Burlington County. In fact, Burlington County residents would be among the most affected with the byproduct of this proposed hazardous waste incinerator carried across the river by the prevailing winds."

“Additionally, given the proximity of the proposed site to the Delaware River, this is a threat that could contribute to the contamination of the region’s major water source,” added Garganio.

“With all the risks in mind, this Board urges the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to consider the negative impact that the proposed hazardous waste incinerator would have on the residents of Burlington County and once again reject the application,” concluded Garganio.

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