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Posted on: February 23, 2017

Freeholder Board Unanimously Approves Resolution Opposing Hazardous Waste Incinerator

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The Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously approved a resolution, proposed by Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio, which urges the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to deny the second phase application by Elcon Recycling Services LLC to construct a hazardous waste incinerator along the Delaware River in Falls Township, Pennsylvania.

“Last week, I personally wrote to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Governor Tom Wolf calling for their rejection of this proposed hazardous waste incinerator,” stated Director Garganio. “This resolution makes our stance clear and I thank my fellow Freeholders for their support.”

The resolution states, “given the prevailing winds out of the West, residents of Burlington County would be among those most affected by the byproduct of this proposed hazardous waste incinerator. Furthermore, given the proximity of the proposed site to the Delaware River and essential aquifers, such a hazardous waste incinerator would pose a direct threat to the conservation of the Delaware River and could potentially contribute to contamination of the region's major water source.”

“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,” continued Garganio.

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.

“The Board hereby urges the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Governor Tom Wolf to consider the negative impact that the proposed hazardous waste incinerator would have on the residents of Burlington County and summarily reject the submitted second phase application,” concluded Garganio.

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