We must protect our air, land, and water


    Tuesday, September 19th @ 7PM, Carslake Community Center

    Bordentown City Environmental Commission hosts:

    A Special Earth Talk to learn more about how plans for ELCON to process and recycle toxic waste are progressing.
    Fred Stine, Citizen Action Coordinator, Delaware Riverkeeper Network will be there to give us an update on ELCON's progress with the EPA, and what we can do to help stop this danger to our air, water and environment in general.

  • Who is ELCON?

    • Hazardous waste treatment and recycling facility
    • Proposed site location: 
      • Keystone Industrial Complex: Falls Twp, PA
      • 2.25 miles from Bordentown Beach
      • Former Fairless Steel location
    • Phase 1 permit approved by PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and issued: November 2015
    • Phase 2 application submitted: March 2, 2017
      • Phase 2 decision: under review, due June 2017
    • ​Application to build 70,000 sq ft liquid hazardous waste treatment facility directly across the river from Bordentown
      • Truck in up to 210,000 tons of hazardous waste (i.e. pharmaceutical waste and heavy metals) per year
      • Burn over a million pounds of toxic waste every day
      • Using unproven technology to transforms hazardous material into three by-products:
        • Waste water - "will reuse on site" per ELCON, which can potentially seep back into the ground.
        • Gases - will be released into the air
        • Salts and solids - will go to a landfill 
    • Only one other facility like it in the world, the ELCON Recycling Facility in Haifa, Israel
      • In April 2013 this facility exceeded limits of various pollutant levels in its discharged water. 
      • ELCON released illegal levels of Total Organic Carbon, Chloride, Potassium, Sulfates, Copper and Nickel. It also routinely exceeded levels of sulfide emissions and Halogenated Organic Compounds (like chloroform).
      • In August 2012 it broke the Chromium limit.

  • ELCON's Impact

    Hazardous Waste

    • Lead
    • Mercury
    • Cadmium
    • Pharmaceutical waste
    • Heavy metals and organic carbon in water raises the cancer risk for those in surrounding areas.
    • Breathing or swallowing lead can lead to decreased bone and muscle growth, poor muscle coordination, and damage to the nervous system, kidneys, and/or hearing.
    • Inhaled mercury vapors can move easily from the bloodstream into the brain and cause nerve poisoning that results in sleep disorders, agitation, and paralysis.
    • Ingestion or inhalation of cadmium is extremely dangerous and can cause death. Being exposed to lower levels of cadmium over a long period of time can cause damage to kidneys, lungs and bones.


    Prevailing winds will carry noxious air right at us

    • Incineration would produce 39 tons of air emissions containing pollutants such as hydrochloric acid and nitrous oxide.
    • Prevailing winds tend to blow from West to East. NJ absorbs much of Pennsylvania's pollution.
    • Vapors and particulates from burning hazardous waste can travel 30 miles.

    Threat to Safe Water

    • Site located on Biles Creek. Leads to Delaware River, source of water for 17 million people.
    • Wastewater runoff
    • Accidental spills

    Located on floodplain

    • Site near 100 year flood plain
    • Site within 500 year flood plain
    • Critical facilities like hospitals, schools and police stations are not built in the floodplain due to increasing risk of flooding.

    Trucks through Bordentown Area

    • 17-25 tanker trucks of hazardous waste will drive to this facility every day. 
    • Hazardous waste will come from ten states: MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, and NC.
    • Risk of spills in heavily trafficked areas
  • Why Should I Care?

    Facility site is 2.25 miles from Bordentown Beach

    • Air Quality will be affected
    • Waterways will be affected
      • Proposed site is sitting on Biles Creek. Runoff and wastewater will reach the Delaware
      • Solid and liquid waste has potential to enter water supply of over 17 million people
    • Landfills continue to grow
      • 800 tons of sludge per year
      • 5,000 tons of salts per year

  • Say No to Toxic Waste

    Watch the videos below to get more of a taste for how this waste incinerator will impact our lives.