By TAYLOR HARTZ
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) gave notice on Tuesday that a tentative determination has been reached for the permit to construct and operate the waste facility at 49 DePaolo Dr., at the site of the former Southington landfill, for the purpose of composting and energy conversion.
The facility will focus on anaerobic digestion, a process in which microorganisms convert food waste and other organic material into clean, usable energy. The facility will accept food scraps, liquid beverages, food processing residue, fats, grease, oil, clean wood, grass, and leaves for waste management.
The new “Volume Reduction Plant” will be operated by B&R Corporation, based in Harwinton, and will consist of three separate operations.
The first operation, anaerobic digestion, includes removing pulp and packaging from items to convert them into energy. The facility will complete 480 tons of this each day.
This portion of the facility will be made up of an operations building, and a building specifically for de-pulping and de-packaging organic materials. It will also include three dedicated receiving areas, two aboveground tanks, and four underground tanks.
In addition to anaerobic digestion, 500 tons of clean wood processing and 100 tons of composting will also take place on a daily basis, through a leaf and grass compost operation.
The facility will operate 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and is planned to be built on a 56.57 acre parcel of land.
B&R Corporation owns 37.24 acres of this land, located within the Quinnipiac River regional basin, and leases the remaining 19.33 acres from the Town of Southington.
Before a final decision is made on the application, the DEEP Commissioner will consider written comments from the public, and may hold a public hearing if it is determined to be in the best interest of the public to do so.
The application and supporting documents regarding this project are available for inspection from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at DEEP, Waste Engineering and Enforcement Division, Bureau of Materials and Compliance Assurance, located at 79 Elm St. in Hartford.
Comments can be sent to Elaine H. DeSalvo at the address above, or to Elaine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Petitions should be sent electronically to email@example.com or mailed to DEEP Office of Adjudications, 79 Elm St., in Hartford.
Petitions including at least 25 signatures will result in a public hearing.
Any comments or petitions of the project should reference application number 201303057 and be submitted by April 15.