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  • Who is ELCON?

    Hazardous waste treatment and recycling facility rejected by Lakewood, NJ and now locking sites on the Keystone Industrial Complex in Falls Township, PA.

    • 70,000 sq ft liquid hazardous waste treatment facility 
    • Site will be directly across the river from Bordentown; 2.25 miles from Bordentown Beach
    • Former US Steel location
    • Plans to truck in up to 210,000 tons of hazardous waste (i.e. pharmaceutical waste and heavy metals) per year
    • Expected to 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 

    Application Process:

    • Phase I application: approved by PA DEP and permit issued November 2015
    • Phase II application: submitted March 2, 2017 and rejected for insufficient materials on May 30, 2017 & October 13, 2017
    • Phase II application: approved: July 26, 2018; will undergo 10-month technical review
    • Final Decision: tentatively expected by May 2019

    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.