Firm puts Bucks incinerator plan on back burner

Posted: February 22, 2014

In what opponents are calling a victory, a company that wants to build a hazardous-waste incinerator in lower Bucks County has put its efforts on hold indefinitely.

Allen Toadvine, attorney for Route 13 Bristol Partners, said Bristol Township had asked for more specifics on the potential release of pollutants, and said the firm needed to choose a manufacturer for the plant before it could provide those details.

The township Zoning Hearing Board was to consider Monday the firm's application for a variance to build the incinerator, the first step in a years-long approval process that would end at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Toadvine said the firm withdrew its application Wednesday.

"We haven't decided to pull out totally," the attorney said. "But we need additional time to gather that information. And once we do that, we'll decide whether to reapply to Bristol Township."

Emissions from hazardous-waste incinerators are heavily regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which says its limits are "generally protective of human health and the environment." Federal standards allow for a very small amount of toxic elements to escape, which the plant's opponents contend could be harmful.

The proposed 50,000- square-foot plant would burn pesticides and pharmaceuticals near the Delaware River and densely populated towns on both sides of the river. It galvanized opponents in towns such as Bristol and Burlington City, which would be downwind of the plant.

"We consider this a huge victory," said Louis Cappelli Jr., an attorney representing Burlington City. "The opposition was growing every day on both sides of the river. Burlington Mayor [James] Fazzone and the other elected officials on the New Jersey side were going to fight this battle till the end."

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