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DEP to Receive Comments, Host Virtual Public Hearing on Air Quality Permit Renewal for Chester Facility, Delaware County


Norristown, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it will receive public comments and host a virtual public hearing regarding a Title V/State Operating Permit renewal request for Covanta Delaware Valley, LP, a waste to energy facility in the City of Chester, Delaware County.

The public is invited to participate in this process through a public comment period and a virtual public hearing. The virtual public hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 beginning at 6:30 PM. Individuals wishing to provide testimony must contact DEP Community Relations Coordinator John Repetz at or 717-705-4904 to register at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. Additional information will be provided to testifiers upon registration. The hearing will be accessible by both internet and phone to ensure all stakeholders have access. The WebEx information for the virtual public hearing is available on DEP’s Virtual Public Hearings page.

DEP is also accepting written public comments on these amendments, which may be submitted to or mailed to the Southeast Regional Office, Air Quality Program, 2 E. Main St. Norristown, PA 19401 until close of business on Monday, October 4, 2021. To assist with mail routing, it is requested that mailed comments contain the following on the envelope: “Comments on Covanta Del Val.” All comments, whether received in writing or spoken at the hearing, carry equal weight and consideration before DEP. 

Covanta Delaware Valley, LP is a permitted waste-to-energy facility currently seeking renewal of its five-year Title V/State Operating Permit. These permits are required under the federal Clean Air Act for any large or major source of air pollution. Covanta submitted its renewal application in December 2020; DEP deemed the application administratively complete in February 2021 and commenced a technical review. The proposed Title V Operating Permit Renewal contains all applicable requirements including monitoring, recordkeeping, reporting, and work practices. It does not authorize any increase in air emissions of regulated pollutants above the previously approved levels.

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