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Bensalem Opposes Industrial Waste Incinerator

Township officials say the project, which is proposed for three miles outside of Bensalem's municipal borders, 'will be of a hazardous and dangerous nature.'

Bristol Township Zoning Board Chairman Chuck Clayton and solicitor Kenneth Federman listen to testimony on the proposed incinerator during a recent Bristol Township Zoning Hearing Board meeting. Photo by James Boyle.
Bristol Township Zoning Board Chairman Chuck Clayton and solicitor Kenneth Federman listen to testimony on the proposed incinerator during a recent Bristol Township Zoning Hearing Board meeting. Photo by James Boyle.
Citing its proximity to a township school and impact on a waterfront redevelopment plan, the Bensalem Township Council formally opposed a proposed industrial waste incinerator in neighboring Bristol Township.

The governing body approved a four-page resolution during its meeting Monday night detailing why it does not support the potential addition of an industrial waste incinerator at the Bridge Business Center, which is situated less than three miles from the Bensalem border and within four miles of an elementary school. 

"The incinerator will emit into the air ash and other byproducts and chemical byproducts that are the result of the incineration of the aforementioned industrial waste materials," the resolution reads, further noting that the, "emissions will be of a hazardous and dangerous nature."

Bensalem, Bristol Township and Burlington, N.J. residents turned out at the Bristol Township zoning hearing board earlier this month to protest Route 13 Bristol Partners' plan, which involves the construction of a hazardous waste incinerating facility with two smoke stacks at the industrial park which also houses a former Rohm & Haas plant now managed by Dow Chemical.

Bensalem Township officials also took issue with the proposed location of the facility. The so-called Bucks County Waterfront Redevelopment Plan–which Bensalem, Bristol, Tullytown and Bristol Township, along with Bucks County and the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County adopted about 10 years ago–calls for "high-quality" space for office, flex, commercial and residential development, according to the resolution.

In addition, the redevelopment plan would "create a significant gateway feature to create an attractive entrance into Bristol Township from the Burlington-Bristol Bridge."

"The township of Bensalem believes that the incinerator is inconsistent with, and contrary to, the visions and goals for the entire Lower Bucks County Delaware Waterfront," according to the resolution. 

With passage of the resolution, Bensalem officials will notify Bristol Township and its boards and commissions of its opposition. In addition, Bensalem intends to "enter its appearance and participate in any and all proceedings" related to the incinerator project. 

The Bristol Township Zoning Hearing Board tabled its decision on the project until February. The board meets on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 2501 Bath Road in Bristol. 
Kevin Brutschea January 28, 2014 at 09:11 PM
A company called Wheelabrator tried to build a trash to steam incinerater in Bensalem, in 1992, at Street & State Roads. The Township defeated it by decaling us a Clean Air Township, and banning outside burning. We have to oppose the Bristol project for that reason alone.
George Bambooshack January 28, 2014 at 11:13 PM
I remember that. I helped neighbors fight against it. I agree and this is hazardous waste which is worse. Not a good thing to have along the waterfront, and you know the stuff will go for miles. I remember smelling Rohm & Haas when I was a kid, in downtown Bensalem.
Kevin Brutschea January 29, 2014 at 05:11 PM
The only reason I have to go to the store and buy, with my money, leaf bags to recycle is because on the "no open burning" ordinace that was passed to stop the trash to steam plant. Is Bristol going to pay for my bags now?
George Bambooshack January 29, 2014 at 05:48 PM
You should just compost your yard waste. You and so many other people throw away valuable mulch. You could have nice compost to spread on your flower beds and around your trees and bushes.

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