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Allentown Council rejects waste-to-energy plant

After residents, activists speak out against it, 35-year plan fails to get enough votes

ALLENTOWN, PA — “Allentown City Council shot down a 35-year binding agreement with a New Jersey company to build a new kind of waste-to-energy plant on the Little Lehigh Creek, after a marshaled effort by a dozen residents, environmental activists and one councilwoman against it.

…After three years of talks with the city, the rejection could spell the end of Delta Thermo’s hope to build a $25-million waste-to-energy plant that sought to convert sewage sludge and trash into a coal-like substance and burn it at high temperatures to create electricity.

It would have the first of its kind in the world, although other plants using two of the three technologies exist in Germany and Japan, as well as in a pilot plant in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

The rejection came after several last-minute warnings about the risks of the technology.”

— Devon Lash, The Morning Call