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Challenges Building Against Bristol Township Incinerator Proposal

The proposed construction of a hazardous waste incinerator in Bristol Township has drawn opposition from local residents and government officials in Burlington County, N.J.

The proposed hazardous waste incinerator will be installed at the Bridge Business Center in Bristol Township. Photo by James Boyle.
The proposed hazardous waste incinerator will be installed at the Bridge Business Center in Bristol Township. Photo by James Boyle.
A brewing battle over a proposed hazardous waste incinerator has caught the attention not only from residents in Bristol Township but also government officials across the Delaware in Burlington County, N.J.

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.
John Morgan January 10, 2014 at 07:50 PM
i know as a township resident i do not want this near my home or i will be force to move . i am already struggling with high taxes and this would just make me want to leave
Jim Jordan January 12, 2014 at 01:47 PM
This will lower ur taxes if anything. It would bring jobs to the area and would pose no risk to your or the environment. Don't be a sheep and listen to what your told. Do the research yourself and see. I m a borough resident and all for this. We need more jobs here to help pay for all the disability, welfare, and social security taxes that we already pay. The only people who wouldn't benefit from this are those who are not working drawling these benefits, what do they care.... They don't have to pay.
Sheila Wakowski January 13, 2014 at 01:37 PM
I'm concerned for my parents that live in Bristol Township. It is a fact that burning medical waste emits highly toxic byproducts like neurotoxins, carcinogens, heavey metals, acidic gases and more! That is from the EPA website. How can they control how much of each they emit? They can't! Why do all of these chemical factories locate in Bristol? I will tell you why: because MOST of the residents there are not well-educated, do not vote, and are low-income; therefore, they're viewed by business elites as cheap labor that doesn't complain in a township where council members can be bought.
Helene January 13, 2014 at 07:12 PM
Why is Bristol Township becoming the dumping ground? We, the residents receive nothing but higher taxes. Why not put something more practical for the residents of Pennsylvania AND New Jersey such as Windmills (The plant is right down the road) to show the residents politicians ARE thinking about helping residents and not their wasteful wants. Where is all that casino money going? Not to help lower taxes as told it would. For the people! Stop politics as usual or you may be voted out.

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