New Castle News

June 16, 2013

Planning panel recommends conditional use for recycler

John K. Manna
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The New Castle Planning Commission has recommended approval of a conditional use for a recycling facility on South Jefferson Street.

Anthony Paniccia, an engineer representing Upstate Shredding/Weitsman Recycling of Owego, N.Y., requested approval for receiving and processing of scrap metal products, a shredder and a chain link fence.

The company plans to construct four buildings, plus the shredder, on the site of the former Ferrotech Corp. property at 526 S. Jefferson St. Pennsylvania Engineering Corp. previously occupied the site.

Paniccia said the facility will provide 60 construction jobs and 30 to 40 permanent jobs.

As proposed, the company wants to place the shredder on the north side of the property, across from Margaret Street.

However, commission member Stephen F. Farris said he believes the decibel level from the shredder would be to high for neighboring businesses.

His motion, approved by the commission, calls for the shredder to be moved to the other side, south of a set of railroad tracks. If that’s not possible, then a pre-cast concrete sound barrier north of the property should be constructed.

Paniccia said Friday the company “will modify the plans to meet the requirements as set forth by the planning board.”

In March, city council granted a conditional use for a fluid recovery building, an office/scale building and a metals building. At Thursday’s meeting, the company asked for approval for the shredder and a processing building.

City resident Andrea Przybylski raised several questions about the project, including a requirement that such facilities must have a setback of 1,000 feet from a federally assisted highway. She also said the property is in a flood plain and asked whether any material would be swept downstream.

Paniccia said the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s interpretation of the law differs from Przybylski’s.

He said there would be no way for material to exit the plant if a flood occurred, adding that the company believes it has done everything to “mitigate anything from going downstream.”

The company is working with PennDOT to address issues involving traffic in and out of the facility. Waste management and air quality issues have been addressed. The only other issue, he said, is the company may need air quality permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The matter now goes to city council, which will have the final say.

(Email: jmanna@ncnewsonline.com)