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December 12, 2017

Plainfield Township Planning Commission
clo Mr. Tom Petrucci, Township Manager
Plainfield Township
6292 Sullivan Trail
Nazareth, PA 18064

Dear Tom:

Re: Planning Commission Meeting of November 29, 2017

During our November 29,2017 meeting with the Planning Commission, we focused on presenting our
Sketch Plan and listening to comments from the Planning Commission and the public. We found the
meeting very helpful in understanding the issues we should further address in our upcoming Preliminary
Subdivision Application.

There were general questions about the project raised at the meeting for which we'd like to provide
answers in this correspondence.

a. Hours of Operation - The Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center dryer facility will operate 2417.
Synagro, however, will only accept inbound materials or ship final Class A product during the
currently approved landfill's operating hours from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays and from 7 a.m.
until 9 a.m. on Saturdays.

b. Truck Routes - Except trucks involved in the delivery of local materials, all in-bound dewatered
biosolids and out-bound process water and finished product truck transport will be on State Route
5/). y(and State Route 33, the currently approved Grand Central landfill truck route. All pre-
approved biosolids received at the facility will be transported in water-tight covered trailers. Our
transportation procedures will be conducted in full compliance with the U.S. Department of
Transportation and PennDOT regulations, which ensures public safety and protection of the

c. Noise - The processing facility is fully enclosed, and the Haarslev Dryer technology selected
operates at low speeds, low pressures and low temperatures. It readily meets all local zoning
noise limitations, as well as OSHA and industry noise standards. We understand that the
Township will require engineering conformation/calculations as evidence that the facility will
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meet its standard, We can also note that, although the process is enclosed and naturally is not a
high-noise generator, we can always add building insulation to meet requirements,

d, Odor Control - The building and process air will be captured and treated by engineered air-
scrubbers designed and proven to safely treat air to comply with facility permit air emission
standards. Synagro has selected state-of-the-art air emission control equipment which will be
engineered to handle the air exchange rates for odor control. The facility and its associated
equipment will be operated in accordance with regulatory permit requirements and will be
operated per manufacturers' and company standard operating procedures.

For this facility, Synagro intends to employ a two-stage air scrubber system. The first stage uses
dilute acid (usually sulfuric acid) and the second stage uses a caustic (usually sodium
hydroxide). We will engineer, permit, install, maintain and monitor the system to inject the
appropriate chemicals to continuously control odors. The odor-control chemicals will be stored in
permitted tanks on-site and arc managed under our Environmental Health and Safety Program,
which includes Community Right to Know compliance, worker protection protocols as well as
proper hauling and disposal standards.

e. Storm Water Management - Storm water controls will comply with all applicable regulatory
requirements and will be determined under the PADEP permitting process. The Township will
have the opportunity to participate during the permitting process, and the final storm water
management design and permit conditions will be submitted to the Township.

f. Process Waste Water Management - Based on public comments, we eliminated our original on-
site treatment and local discharge plan and will return facility wastewater to our biosolids
customers. The wastewater will be collected from the drying condensate, truck wash-down and
any storm water that comes into contact with biosolids. This plan requires a storage tank element
on the project site. This storage tank, which is currently under design, will comply with PADEP
Residual Waste storage regulations. The final design will be shared with the Township when

All out-bound wastewater transported from the facility will also be hauled on the currently
approved landfill truck routes. All liquid wastewater will be transported in separate water-tight
tank compartments within the in-bound dump trailers. Both in-bound and out-bound loads will
operate in compliance with PennDOT weight limitations.

g. Hazardous Waste - In-bound biosolids and the out-bound Class A product are by Federal and
State regulations defined as non-hazardous material. Both Federal and State policies support
recycling of this material provided it meets stringent regulatory standards which assure it is safe

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for beneficial use. This is assured through a defined program of regular testing on both inbound
materials and outbound Class A product.

The above informal information is subject to further engineering and will be fonnally submitted with
upcoming filings with the Township.

Synagro also extends an invitation to anyone who would like to visit our Philadelphia facility or our
PinE'lIa~ f'Olll1tV FJ. hE'llt drying facility, or speak directly with Pinellas County officials. The Pinellas
County facility which started operations in 2003 is located in a much more densely populated residential
area and with homes much closer than with the proposed Slate Belt facj]jty~

Finally, we believe conducting another project Info Expo and question-and-answer session would be
helpful to our neighbors' understanding of our proposed project. We welcome the Township's
recommendation on scheduling the program at a time and location that makes information available to as
many residents as possible.

Thank you for the opportunity to present this information about our project. Please feel free to reach out
to me directly at 443-904-1682 should additional questions arise.


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James Hecht
Project Developer