Stop Toxic Waste From Polluting Water and Air


Target: Cosmo Servidio, DEP Southeast Regional Director

Goal: Protect water and air from a proposed hazardous waste facility

A proposed hazardous waste facility may soon be operating across from a freshwater supply. This commercial waste recycling plant hopes to treat hundreds of tons of raw toxic water that includes heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium. This plant could potentially pollute the river through waste water discharge and storm runoff as well as contaminate the air through toxic emissions. Encourage the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to deny the request for this disastrous waste facility.

Known as the Elcon Recycling Center, this waste facility claims operations are done in an environmentally sustainable way. However, the technology to transform liquid waste into fresh, clean water has not proven to be successful. The only other plant like this in operation is Elcon’s facility in Israel, which has exceeded pollutant levels in discharged water. The heavy metals and organic carbon present in this water are known to cause cancer. A facility like this should not be operating by the Delaware River, which is the fresh water source for many New Jersey towns.

Elcon said that the facility will not use incineration as a means to handle waste, but this does not mean the plant’s operation is emission-free. The facility plans to use steam emission and its thermal oxidizers and sludge ovens will create hazardous sludge and salts. This process will still emit 22.86 tons of nitrogen oxide and 4.2 tons of hydrogen chloride per year.  Furthermore, this waste treatment plant would result in an increase in traffic, emitting even more greenhouse gases into the air. As a solution, Elcon has proposed a railway that will cut through precious wetlands and wetland buffers. The environment’s integrity will suffer either way.

Elcon will destroy the land, water, and air if it is approved by the DEP. By signing this petition, you are urging the Regional Direction of the DEP to deny Elcon’s request to operate this hazardous waste facility.


Dear Regional Director Servidio,

If the proposal for the Elcon Recycling Center is approved, the waste facility will have devastating consequences for the environment and human health. Since it will operate so closely to the Delaware River, this fresh water supply will be put in danger of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals like lead, mercury, and cadmium. Water present with heavy metals is known to cause cancer if consumed.

There is only one other facility like this in the world and it does not have a good track record. Also operated by Elcon, this hazardous waste site in Israel has exceeded levels of pollutants in its discharged water as well as emitted tons of toxic sulfide into the air. With numerous New Jersey towns relying on the Delaware River as a water source, the Elcon Recycling Center in Pennsylvania could potentially harm citizens.

Human health and the environment will be at risk from the operation of this toxic waste recycling site. Please stop this facility from operating in this sensitive area. Take action to deny the request for the Elcon Recycling Center.


[Your Name Here]

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