Sussex County Freeholders Hear About New Technology

County Administrator John Eskilson explained Sussex County still self-insures its prescription drug plan but will cease to do so at the end of the year.   Credits: By Jane Primerano

NEWTON, NJ – It was a typically short summer meeting of the Sussex County Freeholders Wednesday, July 11, but Director Richard Vohden had some interesting news for his fellow freeholders.

Vohden reported on an interesting presentation at the latest meeting of the Sussex County Solid Waste Advisory Council.

Representatives of Delta Thermo Energy, Inc., of Trevose, Pa., talked to the council about a waste-to-energy project they are constructing in Allentown, Pa.

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“A lot of people come to tell SWAC about waste to energy, but we brought them back,” Vohden said.

The council members were impressed because Delta is building projects, including a pilot near Atlantic City, and meeting state Department of Environmental Protection regulations, not an easy take with this sort of project.

The schematic submitted by Delta shows how the firm combined technology from Japan, South Korea, Germany and the United States to produce a waste-to-energy system that can use up to one-third sewage sludge. Most electricity-producers burn municipal solid waste, but not sewage sludge.

The Delta system takes in sludge and MSW, minus the recyclables, in a Japanese-designed resource recycling system which sends waste water to the treatment system based on South Korean technology. The MSW and sludge is reduced to powder and sent to a combustion chamber, which is German technology. The boiler and steam turbine along with the scrubber are US technology and create electricity.

The treated water is the only byproduct.

The treatment plant covers four acres, the Delta handout points out.

Vohden says a similar plant in South Korea, which has no room to spare, is totally underground.

Delta promises economical energy production.

Vohden suggested to the freeholders a tour of the Allentown plant once it is online.

“Eighteen months in planning and 18 months for construction,” he said.

Most of the business of the meeting was routine.

The freeholders authorized filing applications to the state Department of Transportation for public transportation grants. One request is for $280,411 in operating expenses, and $99,589 in administrative expenses for demand response transportation for senior citizens and people with disabilities who have a hard time getting to such necessities as medical appointments, including those out of the county, without public transportation.

The county hopes to add houses to Skylands Connect on Saturdays, and a stop at Bridgeway for customers who need mental health services.

The other grant would be for county residents without transportation in 11 designated municipalities: Andover, Frankford, Hardyston, Franklin, Hamburg, Lafayette, Newton, Ogdensburg, Sparta, Sussex and Wantage. The county is putting up $226,914 and asking for $226,913 in New Jersey Transit funds and $453,827 in federal funds for fixed routes from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and some on-demand service.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Freeholders presented a certificate to the Hampton Rotary to recognize the group for collecting 7,500 pounds of food and $5,000 at its golf outing on May 16 to benefit the Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services Food Pantry.

The board also accepted the new logo for the Sussex County Library, designed by Sussex County Community College graphic arts student Adam Papanister. He won a contest to design the new logo two months ago, but the library could not begin using it until the freeholders officially accepted it.  


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