Success: River Saved from Toxic Waste Facility

Delaware River

Target: Cosmo Servidio, DEP Southeast Regional Director

Goal: Thank the Department of Environmental Protection for denying the request to build a waste recycling facility near a prominent freshwater river.

A liquid waste recycling facility that was being planned near a freshwater source that provides drinking water to thousands of people has been stopped in its tracks. The facility was to treat hundreds of tons of raw toxic water containing hazardous substances such as mercury, lead, and cadmium. A petition on ForceChange had fought for the rejection of the water treatment plant, and thankfully, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) denied this facility’s application. Applaud the DEP for saving water and air quality from the facility’s noxious operation.

Known as the Falls Township facility, this water treatment plant would have been situated dangerously close to the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. The Delaware River is an important water source in the area because it provides drinking water to numerous New Jersey towns. Citizen and wildlife health would have been at great risk from the plant’s activity.

The plant sought to recycle contaminated water into fresh, clean water. However, this technology is far from perfect. Elcon Recycling Center, the company that was hoping to operate the Falls Township site, is known for exceeding pollutant levels in discharge water at their other location in Israel. The DEP made a good decision in denying Elcon access to operate; the company could not have guaranteed the Delaware River would have been safe from pollution.

Elcon insisted that the facility’s operation was safe from emitting any air emissions because it would not use incineration. However, this statement couldn’t be further from the truth. The steaming process used by Elcon still creates toxic sludge and emits tons of nitrogen oxide and hydrogen chloride into the atmosphere.

Water and air in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been saved. By signing this petition, you are thanking the DEP for denying Elcon’s request for a liquid waste facility near the Delaware River.


Dear Director Servidio,

The Delaware River is a crucial water source for Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Keeping healthy air and water quality is more important now than ever. The Falls Township waste facility would have jeopardized our natural resources. I want to thank you for saving water and air from toxic pollution. I applaud you for denying Elcon’s request to operate a liquid waste treatment plant near the Delaware River.

Elcon’s plant would have attempted to treat raw water containing toxic substances such as mercury, lead, and cadmium. The facility’s operation would have created hazardous sludge and emitted tons of nitrogen oxide and hydrogen chloride into the atmosphere. Thank you for preventing the pollution of the Delaware river and the area’s air.


[Your Name Here]

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