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DEP issues permit to Delta Thermo for waste-to-energy plant

Controversial planned waste-to-energy plant gets permit

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A controversial waste-to-energy plant being planned in Allentown has been issued a key permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

On Wednesday, the DEP approved Delta Thermo Energy's air quality plan and issued a waste management permit.

Delta Thermo plans to build the 48,000-square-foot plant on Klines Island along the Lehigh River, next to the city's wastewater treatment plant. The plant will convert trash collected in the city into electricity.

"DEP has thoroughly reviewed Delta Thermo's plans for the facility and has determined they meet the regulatory requirements to operate," DEP Northeast Regional Office Director Mike Bedrin said. "Our review determined that the proposed levels of emissions and air pollution controls satisfy best available technology requirements. In addition, the permit requires annual stack testing and continuous emissions monitoring to ensure compliance with emissions standards."

Back in December 2012, Delta Thermo submitted a municipal waste general permit application to the Bureau of Waste Management in Harrisburg that proposed to blend the waste with sewage sludge to convert the mixture into a fuel.

The planned facility has come under fire from many residents, who have raised concerns about emissions that would be released at the plant.

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