DEP Announces Public Hearing on Reasonable Available Control Technology in Delaware County

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DELAWARE COUNTY, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it will receive public comments and host an in-person public hearing regarding a plan approval application for Reasonable Available Control Technology (RACT III) requirements for Covanta Delaware Valley, LP, a waste-to-energy facility in the City of Chester, Delaware County.

The public is invited to participate in this process through a public comment period and in-person public hearing. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 beginning at 6:30 PM at Chester City Hall (Chester City municipal building), 1 E 4th St. Chester, PA 19013. Individuals wishing to provide testimony must contact the DEP Regional Communications Manager Stephanie Berardi at [email protected] or 484-250-5808 to register at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. Additional information will be provided to testifiers upon registration.

DEP is accepting written public comments on this application, which may be submitted to [email protected] or mailed to the Southeast Regional Office, Air Quality Program, 2 E. Main St. Norristown, PA 19401 until close of business on Saturday, May 27, 2023. To assist with mail routing, it is requested that mailed comments contain the following on the envelope: “Comments on Covanta Delaware Valley.” All comments, whether received in writing or spoken at the hearing, carry equal weight and consideration before DEP.

Covanta Delaware Valley, LP is a permitted waste-to-energy facility that has filed an application for a Plan Approval to install equipment that would reduce the amount of the pollutant nitrogen oxides (NOx) emitted from the facilities six (6) waste combustors to meet the new federal and state standards for air pollution. These permits are required under the federal Clean Air Act for any large or major source of air pollution. It does not authorize any increase in air emissions of regulated pollutants above the previously approved levels. More information can be found on DEP’s Covanta Delaware Valley Community page.

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For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, visit its website.

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