Allentown environmental group speaks out against waste-to-energy plant project

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“Allentown has no control over any aspect of the operation of the facility, including monitoring, maintenance or problems that may arise if this untried technology fails,” [Julie] Thomases said during a city council meeting tonight.

Thomases argued trash incineration produces more pollution than any other sort of electricity generation and is worse than coal for releases of mercury, lead, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.

Thomases also noted that the Lehigh Valley has three landfills — Chrin, IESI and Grand Central. Two have announced plans to expand, she said, and at least one has enough capacity for current levels of waste production for 30 years.

“While this statement deals primarily with the environmental aspects of the project, we feel obliged to state we believe the arrangement between Allentown and DTE will be financially far more costly than continuing the present system,” she said.

The council members who voted for the grants did not speak tonight. Guridy said the issue has already been discussed at length and he is satisfied the environmental concerns have been addressed.

“A lot of these issues were discussed before, and they were dispelled,” Guridy said. “They were simply myths. I’ll leave it at that.”

Eichenwald and O’Connell, however, said they continue to harbor major environmental concerns, and said the plant will have a major impact on multiple generations of the city.

“If you can lay your head on your pillow tonight and say, ‘I don’t believe those risks,’ then do that,” O’Connell said. “But I do believe those risks, and I want to ensure the safety, the health and the welfare of future Allentonians.”

One thought on “Allentown environmental group speaks out against waste-to-energy plant project

  1. ed

    Just who is Allentown dealing with? Delta Thermo Energy Inc. The Linkedin page ( has one employee the CEO who is Private with an unimpressive resume listing:
    Executive Vice President at Verdasys(computer and network security)
    CEO and President at Empire Kosher Poultry Inc.(chicken parts)
    CEO & President at Authentidate(handles hosptial discharges)
    VP Marketing, Sales & Professional Services at Sensar Inc
    VP Sales at Netframe is a growing information-management firm. Also, since January 2010 Netframe performs analysis on social and classic media for public and private companies.
    VP Sales at Firepower (Firepower collapsed in 2008 with debts of at least $100 million owed to more than 1200 investors.)
    VP & General Manager OEM Division at SuperMac (builder of Mac compatible computers)
    VP of Marketing and Sales, Founder at Stardent (formerly Ardent Computer)(Stardent Computers, Inc. was a manufacturer of graphics supercomputer workstations)
    VP North American Sales at Convergent Technologies(founder in 2005). this shows 9 positions in 7 years, 5 of which are sales and 2 defunked. So who is this Private CEO? I think it’s Rob Van Naarden (first presenter of the Incinerator) of BVB Captiol Group only beacuse of his Team bio.
    38-year career as an engineer, marketer, and sales professional with various start-ups and turnaround situations.

    Managed companies through executive management positions including several CEO roles from zero to ~$700 million USD in revenues, from zero to multi thousand employees and from early stage to sustained positive cash flow and profitability.

    Experienced in both private and public companies including:

    Digital Equipment Convergent Technologies Ardent Supermac
    Netframe Sensar Empire and Verdasys
    The website @ which is nothing but a coming soon page. A who is of the website shows Administrative Contact:
    Bonilla, Marco(the other presenter of the Incinerator) TerraSalus Energy Inc. 66 Witherspoon Street # 111
    Princeton, New Jersey 08542 United States 4044628556 Fax — 609924058

    BVB Capital group strives to achieve superior returns for investors, we use the following key criteria as a guideline for all of our investments.
    A typical investment in one of BVB’s portfolio companies, with prospects for significant capital appreciation, will range between $1-3 million through various equity oriented combinations of common stock, convertible preferred stock, preferred stock with warrants, convertible notes and/or notes with warrants.

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