FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ironbound Community Corporation and GreenFaith Announce Settlement
Newark Incinerator Takes Steps for Cleaner Air
GreenFaith, the Ironbound Community Corporation, and the Eastern Environmental Law Center announced that they had reached a settlement with Covanta, the owner/operator of the Newark incinerator, in a suit broughtover Covenata's hundreds of violations of its air emissions permit.
NEWARK, NJ ‐ The Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) and GreenFaith are
pleased to announce that they have reached settlement with Covanta in a case
involving air emissions violations at the garbage incinerator located in the densely
populated Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey. The Eastern Environmental
Law Center (EELC) represented ICC and GreenFaith throughout the litigation and
On February 20, 2009 EELC filed a lawsuit on behalf of ICC and GreenFaith in the
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey alleging that Covanta had
violated federal Clean Air Act pollution limits concerning the emission of sulfur
dioxide, carbon monoxide, and fine particulate matter on hundreds of occasions.
The Newark incinerator is the largest garbage incinerator in New Jersey, with the
capacity to burn up to 2,800 tons of municipal solid waste every day. It accepts
garbage from virtually all of Essex County and much of Manhattan. According to the
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the incinerator emits more
mercury, a potent neurotoxin, than any other incinerator in New Jersey.
Under the key provisions of the settlement, Covanta will:
• Install new air emissions control technology to further limit nitrogen
oxide emissions at the plant, thus reducing harmful air pollution;
• Commission a study to examine waste deliveries at the incinerator and
recommend improvements to the existing inspection program to keep
dangerous or inappropriate waste out of the incinerator;
• Fund a mercury collection program in Essex County to reduce the
amount of mercury burned in the incinerator; and
• Provide $875,000 to be used for a green space recreation project in the
Ironbound section of Newark.
ICC and GreenFaith are pleased to see Covanta taking steps to clean up the facility,
which has been the subject of controversy since before its construction over 20
years ago. At the time, residents of the Ironbound opposed the facility due to the
already high level of pollution born by the community, and due to the facility’s
proximity to local schools and homes. Covanta’s commitments in this settlement
will help to ease those burdens.
“All people should have a healthy environment, regardless of their race or income,”
said Rev. Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith’s Executive Director. “Newark’s Ironbound
community suffers far more than its share of dangerous pollution. This settlement
is a step in the right direction for the health of the community.”
“Like everyone else, the children and families of Ironbound and all of Newark
deserve a healthy neighborhood to live, play, and work in. This settlement says loud
and clear that our communities will not stand for being the dumping grounds for the
region’s garbage and pollution,” said Joseph Della Fave, Executive Director of ICC.
“The Ironbound Community Corporation together with the residents of this great
City will continue to fight to reclaim our communities as healthy, vibrant places to
Ironbound Community Corporation is a non‐profit public interest corporation
dedicated to engaging and empowering individuals, families and groups in realizing
their aspirations and, together, working to create a just, vibrant and sustainable
community. GreenFaith is an interfaith environmental coalition that educates,
equips and mobilizes diverse faith communities for environmental leadership. The
Eastern Environmental Law Center is a non‐profit public interest law firm dedicated
to working on behalf of environmental and conservation groups to protect and
enhance the environment and public health.