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June 15, 2013

Danvers transfer station may expand

Company wants to accept more waste, add hours

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The expansion would “provide more flexibility for the plant and add hours,” said James Regan, a spokesman for Covanta.

Ken Nydam, the business manager for Covanta Haverhill, said the proposal has been “positively received by Danvers.”

The Board of Health last week picked attorney John Shea of the Boston environmental law firm Mackie Shea O’Brien to act as the hearing agent for the public hearing on the project, which has not yet been scheduled. Shea’s fees would be paid by Covanta.

Mirandi said the board does have questions about the request, given that it includes an increase in volume and work hours, which might mean more truck traffic on East Coast Road.

Nydam, Covanta’s business manager, said truck traffic “is already occurring.”

The trash transfer station is owned by Danvers; Covanta has been leasing it since 1984. The last time the tonnage limit was increased was in 1989, when it went from 100 to 250 tons per day.

The project does not need state environmental review, but it does need Danvers Board of Health approval, according to Covanta’s consultant.

“CEC believes that the proposed modifications will not damage the environment or cause unavoidable environmental impacts,” said the application filed by Civil & Environmental Consultants. “The changes to increase the daily tonnage will include a small increase in the daily traffic, but subsequently the slight increase in operating hours will allow the traffic to be conducted over a longer period of time throughout the day.”

After discussing the project with the town, Covanta agreed to plant a “vegetative buffer” between East Coast Road and the adjacent mobile home park. They also agreed that the health agent would visit the facility periodically to report on its “safe and sanitary operating conditions.”

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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