PA DEP Announces Public Meeting For Elcon Hazardous Waste Plant

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

The state Department of Environmental Protection has announced a meeting date for the public to ask their questions about the Elcon controversy.

Interested parties can mark down Tuesday, Mar. 5 in their calendars; the forum will be held at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne from 6 to 9 p.m.

A CGI model of the potential facility. Credit: Elcon

Elcon Recycling Services, LLC, an Israeli based company, has made considerable head way in its plan to build a toxic waste facility on the Delaware River. Based in the Keystone Industrial Port Complex in Falls Township, it would treat and store liquid waste.

Community Relations Coordinator Virginia Cain explained the basic nature of the meeting.

“We’re going to have a lot of representatives from DEP there to answer questions,” Cain said. “Both on the process and on the technical nature of the application.”

In past years, similar meetings with Elcon representatives have raised tensions. People would raise their voices or make quick-witted jabs at others in attendance.

Cain wants people to understand the DEP will do whatever it can to keep an even, fair tone.

“We are going to do everything we can to have a constructive and meaningful dialogue,” Cain expressed. “We hope folks who have questions get answers and we can do that in a respectful manner.”

As of Feb. 7, Elcon has applied for several permits, all currently under technical review. They are as follows:
  • Solid Waste Management Permit for a Commercial Hazardous Waste Treatment and Storage Facility – currently under a 10-month technical review that began in July 2018
  • Air Quality Plan Approval
  • General Stormwater Discharge permit

Elcon also recently submitted a land development proposal on Jan. 25. Falls Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie told WBCB the municipality is working on a guideline to help inform the public.

Doors will be open to everyone and anyone with concerns or inquiries. The Bucks Sheraton is located at 400 Oxford Valley Road in Langhorne.