Elcon is in the process of globalizing its activities and is establishing Elcon USA and Elcon Europe
- Proposed U.S. Facility
- Serving Existing Regional Need in Northeast U.S.
- Environmental Benefits of the New Facility
- Our Technology
- Benefits to the Local Economy
- Our Commitment to Community
- Supporters of U.S. Facility
- Project Information
- News and Events
- Contact Us
Elcon Pre-Application Meeting – Held February 23, 2016
Thank you to all who attended Elcon’s pre-application community information session and public meeting on February 23, 2016. Read on
Proposed U.S. Facility in Falls Township, Pennsylvania
After more than a decade of success in Israel treating commercial hazardous liquid waste streams through our safe and eco-friendly process, Elcon Recycling Services, LLC is now seeking plans to expand its footprint into the United States. Elcon is in the early stages of siting a facility at Dean Sievers Place in the Keystone Industrial Port Complex, in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
The developed area of the site – on a portion of the former US Steel Fairless Works property – is:
- 22 acres in size
- Zoned for industrial operations, and designated by Pennsylvania as one of 12 Keystone Opportunity Improvement Zones in the state
- Outside of any designated wetlands area and the flood of record.
The first phase of Elcon’s facility construction will be a 70,000 square foot building, anticipated to be expanded by an additional 70,000 square feet in Phase 2.
Serving an Existing Regional Need in a Sustainable Way
Elcon proposes to accept hazardous liquid waste streams from a variety of industries such as electronics and semi-conductor, pharmaceutical, chemical, metals processing, etc. No waste streams from radioactive activities or oil and gas “fracking” will be accepted.
The majority of potential customers are located within the tri-state area of the Delaware Valley. Currently, their hazardous liquid waste streams are transported by truck and rail car hundreds of miles to facilities that utilize technologies less sustainable and known to cause environmental issues, including: deep well injection (known to cause earthquakes) and incineration (ash).
Environmental Benefits of the New Facility
- Air emissions will be 99.9% free of contaminants, or better.
Thermal oxidation technology for air pollution control is not waste incineration. Air emissions from the plant will be well below PA regulatory standards for air emissions from a non-residential source. The emissions will also meet the Federal National Ambient Air Quality Standards and PA and NJ ambient air guidelines. Elcon will use appropriate monitoring systems to document our ongoing compliance with all air quality regulations and permit requirements.
- The facility will be developed outside of any designated wetlands area and the flood of record.
The entire site owned by Elcon is 33 acres in size and includes wetlands, delineated with the review and approval of the Army Corps of Engineers. The 22-acre area of Elcon’s proposed development —including the treatment facility, access road, parking area, etc.—is outside the delineated wetlands area and flood of record. The wetlands will remain undisturbed.
- No discharge of industrial wastewater to the Delaware River, or anywhere else.
There will be ZERO process discharge of treated waste streams from Elcon’s facility. Additionally, our site plans will include protective measures to manage stormwater to ensure surface water from rain events and snow melt is properly managed and directed.
- Elcon will transport hazardous liquid waste streams by truck only.
Elcon will only transport waste streams to our facility by truck. Rail and barges on the Delaware River will NOT be used. Elcon removed the use of rail as a result of community input. There was never any plans to transport by barge.
- Elcon will implement spill prevention measures to protect the Delaware River.
To protect the Delaware River from potential impacts due to unforeseen human error or circumstances, Elcon will meet or exceed all state and federal requirements for containment in the areas where waste materials will be stored, treated or transferred to prevent accidental releases. Additionally, the facility will have alarms and other indicators to prevent the overfill of tanks.
- No fracking or radioactive waste streams will be accepted.
In recognition of community concerns, Elcon made a corporate decision and a public commitment not to accept hazardous liquid waste streams generated from fracking operations. The PA Department of Environmental Protection’s residual waste program regulates the generation, storage, transportation, processing and disposal of residual waste. The PA Residual Waste Code for Fracking Fluid Waste is 805. No wastewater carrying this code or a radioactive waste code will be accepted by Elcon. Other drilling-related waste codes, included in our application, are associated with traditional drilling methods. Additionally, Elcon will not accept radioactive waste streams. We will monitor incoming waste streams and take steps to determine that radioactive materials are not present.
- Elcon has taken steps to control and assume responsibility for truck route.
There will be no truck traffic, related to Elcon’s operations, on Pennsylvania Avenue. Elcon has contracted with a private hauling company to transport hazardous liquid waste streams to its facility, so it can assert contractual authority over the route that trucks take to access the site. Although it was not required in the early stages of our application, we made this commitment after hearing the concerns of the community. Letter from transportation company
- Elcon’s technology will reduce its customers’ environmental footprint.
The majority of potential customers are located within the Tri-state area of the Delaware Valley. Currently, their hazardous liquid waste streams are transported by truck and rail car hundreds of miles to facilities that utilize technologies less sustainable and known to cause environmental issues, including: deep well injection (known to cause earthquakes) and incineration (air emissions).
Elcon’s eco-friendly process separates hazardous waste from the waste stream through a four-step process:
Step 1: Waste stream is screened, stored in permitted storage tanks and pre-treated.
Step 2: Solids and salts are removed from the waste stream and dried, then treated to remove the volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Step 3: VOCs are removed from the waste stream as gases, and sent to the pollution control system for treatment. Energy created by the process is captured and recycled.
Step 4: The end products are distilled water for reuse onsite and salts. Any remaining solids are sent to a licensed landfill for disposal.
Benefits to the Local Economy
The development of a new Elcon plant in Falls Township would have a number of significant benefits to the local and regional economy.
- 150-200 jobs will be created during construction. Local union contractors and labor will be used.
- 55 (Phase 1) –120 (Phase 2) permanent jobs will be created by the facility’s operations.
- Operations will serve as a catalyst for industrial and pharmaceutical companies to expand or locate in the region as this type of facility is not located anywhere on the east coast.
- Elcon’s services will enable surrounding pharmaceutical and chemical industries to meet their environmental compliance requirements more efficiently and with a reduced environmental footprint, saving fuel and reducing emissions associated with the current long-distance transport of their hazardous liquid waste streams.
- Elcon’s presence will add to the local and regional tax base.
Committed to Working with the Community
Since 2014, we have communicated extensively with hundreds of local residents, community groups and State organizations about our plans to bring our innovative and proven technology to the U.S.
Elcon has sought community engagement, and responded to concerns and input from the community by revising our plans to incorporate the feedback received, including: eliminating all process discharge from our process technology, ensuring our buildings are built outside of the site’s wetlands, agreeing not to accept waste streams from fracking or radioactive operations, deciding not to use rail cars to transport waste streams, taking steps to control the truck route and providing assurance no trucks will travel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Morrisville.
We remain committed to continuing our dialogue with the community, seeking input and incorporating it whenever possible into our plans.
Elcon will continue to seek regular meetings with community stakeholders, is hosting a pre-application community information session and public meeting on Feb. 23rd, will continue to participate in PADEP public meetings, and plans to provide a summary of its application to interested parties. If approved, Elcon’s outreach efforts will continue through the facility’s construction and operation.
Supporters of U.S. Facility
The proposed Elcon Recycling facility in Falls Township, PA has received wide range support from a range of local unions, residents, engineering/science professionals and academics.
- February 23, 2016 Pre-Application Meeting Display Boards
- Public Announcement Published on January 20, 2016 in Bucks County Courier Times and Burlington County Times
- Fact Checker
- Elcon: Who We Are
- Siting a New Hazardous Waste Facility in PA
- Elcon Comment Letter to PADEP
News and Events About Our Proposed U.S. Facility
- February 24, 2016 – Bucks County Courier Times - Hundreds of Residents Jam Elcon Meeting in Falls
- February 24, 2016 – Burlington County Times – Hundreds of Residents Jam Elcon Meeting in Bucks County
- February 24, 2016 – Philadelphia Inquier – Hearing on Bucks Waste Treatment Plant Draws Raucous Crowd
- November 12, 2015 – Bucks County Courier Times – Elcon Proposal in Falls Clears First DEP Hurdle
- October 1, 2015 – Levittown Now – Dozens Come Out to Public Hearing For Proposed Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility
- October 1, 2015 – Bucks County Courier Times – Community at Odds About Proposed Hazardous Waste Treatment Plant in Falls
- February 23, 2016 – Elcon Pre-Application Community Information Session and Public Meeting
On Tuesday, February 23, Elcon Recycling Services hosted a public pre-application meeting at the Bucks County Sheraton in Falls Township, Pennsylvania. The meeting’s purpose was to share information with the community about Elcon’s plans and the permitting process, to seek the public’s input and to provide an open exchange of questions and answers about the project. It was held in accordance with the guidance of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and was required prior to Elcon’s submission of its Part B Permit and Phase II applications to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).
During the meeting, Elcon received valuable feedback from the community. We are dedicated to listening to the public’s input and modifying our plans based on the feedback we receive, whenever possible.
We are currently in the process of reviewing all questions and statements. As required, Elcon will submit a Summary Report of the pre-application meeting to the PADEP, as part of our permit application this spring. We will also post the Summary Report to the Elcon website at that time.
- November 19, 2015 – Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection approves Elcon’s Phase I Application
- September 30, 2015 – Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Phase I public input hearing
- August 12, 2015 – Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Phase I presentation hearing
Contact Us About the Proposed U.S. Plant
Since 2014, Elcon has sought community engagement, and responded to input from the community by revising our plans to incorporate feedback received from the community.
We welcome your feedback about our proposed facility in Falls Township and encourage you to contact us to ask questions and provide your feedback about the project.
Information repositories about our project are located at:
Bucks County Library
7311 New Falls Road
Burlington County Library HQ
5 Pioneer Boulevard
West Hampton, NJ
You can reach us directly about the proposed U.S. plant at:
Phone: (855) 463-6364