On Thursday, 9/30 @ 6pm – County Council will hold a public hearing on waste issues in Delaware County
CRCQL has requested this meeting be hybrid so individuals can make comments in person or via Zoom. We will update this post with more details to come on the agenda and registration links. Please plan to join in support!
We are calling on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental protection to write the following requirements into Covanta Delaware Valley’s Title V Operating Permit No. 23-00004:
That Covanta must install equipment capable of reducing Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions to the modern limit of 45 parts per million, as met by the new incinerator they operate in West Palm Beach, Florida.
That Covanta must install an activated carbon injection system to reduce emissions of dioxins and mercury, and achieve a standard of 15 parts per million, as the trash incinerator in Baltimore, Maryland will soon be required to meet.
That Covanta must use continuous emissions monitoring technology to measure compliance with standards for particulate matter, dioxins/furans, and toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, chromium (VI), lead, mercury, and nickel, and must report this data on a public website within two hours of data collection.
 “Final Air Permit, Palm Beach Renewable Energy Facility No. 2,” Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Dec. 23, 2010, p.11. (Not available online, but a newer copy of the air permit is online at www.cleanairbmore.org/lawsuit/042R.pdf with the 45 ppm standard listed on p.25.)
[Note: this have been updated on 4/6 to reflect the last-minute addition of PECO/Exelon and Fox Rothschild as sponsors and that DEP, PERC, and Harrisburg University did not contribute monetarily to this event, despite being listed as “partners” which is a sponsorship level of $1,000.]
One would expect that such a summit would be conceived, planned, and led by environmental justice leaders in Pennsylvania. Instead, this conference is conceived and funded largely by corporate, governmental, non-profit, and academic entities that are long-time perpetrators of environmental racism and social injustice.
We call this out for the sham that it is, and urge that our demands below be met by Earth Day, April 22, 2021.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined PQ Corp., a global manufacturer of materials and chemicals, $750,000 for air quality and other violations at a large Chester facility it operates.
PQ, based in Malvern, owns a 173,000-square-foot plant on West Front Street, where the DEP says emissions exceeded allowances for nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide at various times from 2014 to 2018.
The facility produces sodium silicate, a chemical compound derived from sand and soda ash. Sodium silicate is used in a wide variety of products, including hair colorings, cleaners, and water treatment systems.