Falls Solicitor Expects Elcon Case In Spring

An anti-Elcon sign created by Protect Our Water and Air illustrates the controversial nature of the Elcon project. Image via Facebook.

The controversial case between Falls Township and Elcon Recycling Services could move forward in court this Spring, according to Falls Township Solicitor Michael Clarke.

For almost six years, Falls residents have erected signs in their front yard in protest of the proposed toxic waste facility. When the Board of Supervisors voted down Elcon in a widely attended Apr. 2019 meeting, many believed the saga had ended.

Roughly 550 people sit in anticipation for a decision at the Falls Township Elcon public meeting on April 30, 2019.

But less than two months later, Elcon filed an appeal in court. Fox Rothschild attorney Joel Bolstein, representing Elcon, told the Bucks County Courier Times Falls Township had acted in bad faith.

“The appeal speaks for itself. For all the reasons set forth in the appeal, Elcon strongly believes that the township acted in bad faith when it voted to deny Elcon’s preliminary land development plan,” the statement said. “Elcon intends to continue its efforts to obtain all of the permits and approvals needed for its proposed facility.”

At the Jan. 6, 2020 Falls reorganization meeting, Solicitor Michael Clarke updated the public on the situation. He obtained a schedule from the court after a hearing on Dec. 20, 2019.

The schedule shows Elcon has 30 days after the hearing date to submit a brief. Then, Falls Township has an additional 30 days to submit its own brief. Elcon would then have ten days to issue a rebuttal.

After a legal saga of potential 70 days, each side would present oral arguments. Clarke said this would likely take place in April or early May.