TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie said on Tuesday a new emissions control system will be installed at the Essex County Resource Recovery Facility to reduce air pollution, contingent on the approval from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
“My Administration has worked closely with the Port Authority and Covanta to reach an agreement that ensures Newark residents are able to realize improved air quality,” Christie said in a statement. “The installation of these emission controls will further protect public health and the environment and is a huge win in our ongoing efforts to improve New Jersey’s air quality. I commend the Port Authority and Covanta for their efforts to make this happen.”
Christie called on the Port Authority board to give the green light to a proposed 20-year solid waste disposal contract with the New York City Department of Sanitation at its board meeting this Thursday. Revenue from that contract would, in part, support the cost of emissions controls devices.
The Essex County Resource Recovery Facility is owned by the Port Authority, which it leases to Covanta Energy under a long-term agreement. The waste-to-energy facility generates approximately 500,000 megawatt hours per year of electricity from municipal solid waste, while also recycling about 15,000 tons of ferrous metal.
The emissions control devices will be installed on each of the Essex facility’s three units, with all three to be completed by the end of 2016. The so-called “baghouses” will replace the facility’s electrostatic precipitators.
The devices will reduce diesel emissions from the trucks hauling waste to the facility, the administration said.