Route 13 Bristol Partners LP, with offices located in King of Prussia, will appear before the Bristol Township Zoning Hearing Board Monday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. to request variances that will allow the company to construct and operate a 50,392-square-foot incinerator that will be located in the Bridge Business Center, located off Route 413 just before the Burlington-Bristol Bridge.
Tom Davis, who works at Ace Designs in the Bridge Business Center, said that installing the incinerator could have potentially harmful effects on township residents.
"They are actually looking at two pieces of property," said Davis. "One for the incinerator, ad one for a set-up area that could hold up to 25 trucks. We are going to have trucks from all over the East Coast coming through our local communities with these hazardous materials."
Davis also expressed concern over the environmental impact of possible toxic fumes emitted by the equipment, a concern shared by the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
During it's Dec. 11 meeting, the Freeholders passed a resolution calling on the Bristol Township Zoning Board to summarily reject the application, claiming that harmful emissions could travel across the river.
“With prevailing winds out of the West, those who will be most affected by this hazardous waste incinerator are not represented in Pennsylvania,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Leah Arter. “The residents of Burlington County not only need to have their voices heard on this issue, but also, to have their health and quality of life protected.”According to a spokesperson in the Freeholders' office of public information, Freeholder Deputy Director Joe Horwath and representatives from the county's solid waste and health departments will attend the hearing to voice their concerns. They will be joined by a growing faction of Bristol and Croydon residents who do not want the incinerator constructed in their community.
Calls to the Bristol Township manager's office have not been returned at time of publication.