Warren calls for public hearings on Elcon waste treatment plant

Tom Waring, the Times

State Rep. Perry Warren called for public hearings on Elcon’s plans for a commercial hazardous waste and residual waste treatment and storage facility in Falls Township.

The Operations and Design applications process 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.”

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 atwww.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.

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, New Jersey.

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Warren has also been elected a vice chairman of the Democratic Southeast Delegation in the House of Representatives.

“I’m excited at the opportunities this position will provide and look forward to working with my colleagues to positively influence and promote the best interest of our communities across southeastern Pennsylvania,” Warren said.

The Southeast Delegation comprises 22 Democratic members. The delegation’s website iswww.PaHouse.com/Southeast

Warren represents the 31st Legislative District, consisting of Lower Makefield Township, most of Morrisville Borough, Newtown Borough, Newtown Township and Yardley. ••

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