Energy Generation and Transmission

Project Title: ACUA Plasma Gasification Energy Facility
Project Location: Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, New Jersey
Project Sponsor: NRG Energy, Inc.
Client: SCS Engineers, PC.

NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG) proposed to construct a Plasma Gasification Project (AC Plasma Facility) on a portion of the Atlantic City Utilities Authority (ACUA) property located within Block 703, Lots 4 & 5 in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, NJ.
The Project Area is located on northeast portion of Lot 4, and is situated on land that is already heavily disturbed by activities associated with the existing ACUA solid waste management facility. The project area is bounded to the north, east, and west by existing, active roads currently used by trucks entering and exiting the facility. The project area is bounded to the south by an existing transfer station and associated parking lot. An existing compost facility is located immediately to the east of the project area, on the other side of the road. The project is located within the Coastal Area as defined in the Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA) ( N.J.S.A.13-19-1 et seq.). In accordance with CAFRA, the project is considered to be a “public development” project. "Public development" means a solid waste facility, including incinerators and landfills, wastewater treatment plants, public highways, airports including single or multi-air strips, and above or underground pipelines designed to transport petroleum, natural gas, or sanitary sewage. The proposed facility is a public development project, since it is a solid waste facility. Public development projects located within the Coastal Area are regulated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Coastal Program Permit Rules at N.J.A.C. Chapter 7 and the Coastal Zone Management Rules at N.J.A.C. Chapter 7E. Areas disturbed by the proposed project also require a Freshwater Wetlands General Permit #6 for the filling of Isolated Wetlands.

AGE conducted a field investigation and delineation of onsite wetlands, as well as a threatened and endangered species habitat assessment. Wetlands adjacent to the project area provide suitable habitat for the NJ State threatened barred owl (Strix varia) and Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii), however wetlands disturbed by the project do not provide suitable threatened and endangered species habitat. Portions of the project area provide critical habitat for migratory birds. AGE prepared a CAFRA application for the proposed project, including a Statement of Compliance with the Rules on Coastal Zone Management, as well as an application for NJDEP Freshwater Wetlands General Permit #6. The field investigation and permit applications were prepared and submitted on an accelerated scheduleTree preservation was provided onsite in compliance with the Vegetative Cover requirements of the NJ Coastal Zone Management Rules at 7:7E-5.4. A conservation easement was placed on existing onsite forest areas to preserve critical migratory bird habitat.

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