YARDLEY >> State Rep. Perry Warren, D-31, is calling for public hearings on Elcon’s plans for a commercial hazardous waste and residual waste treatment and storage facility in Falls Township.
Warren explained that a required legal advertisement in a local newspaper noted that the Operations and Design applications process (PHASE II) application will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection around Feb. 21.
“After almost a year of silence, Elcon is now taking the next step in the application for state permits so it’s important that we make sure the residents of nearby towns who will be impacted by this project have an opportunity to make their concerns part of the record,” Warren said. “I have sent a letter to DEP requesting public hearings in Bucks County during at least three stages of the review process.”
According to DEP, the PHASE II application includes more detailed design and operational information than was required in the PHASE I siting application review. The PHASE II process normally takes at least 10 months. Additional permits and reviews will be necessary with Falls Township and the Delaware River Basin Commission.
In his letter to DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Warren requested several public hearings during key steps in the process. The first being at the beginning of technical review, the second at the point where Elcon responds to any official Notice of Deficiency from DEP in advance of DEP completing the technical review, and the third at the completion of the technical review but before the recommendation to the secretary. These public hearings would be in addition to any public meetings Elcon may host.
DEP has set up a page on its website with specific information for residents interested in this project at: www.dep.pa.gov/About/Regional/SoutheastRegion/Community%20Information/Pages/Elcon-Recycling-Services-LLC.aspx. The first document explains the permitting process and the second document shows the current status of the Elcon application.
“I also requested that all aspects of the application be available online as soon as possible,” Warren said.
The online version would be in addition to the copies available at the DEP Southeast Office in Norristown, Bucks County Public Library Levittown Branch in Falls Township and Westampton Library in Westampton, N.J.