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Learn more about Encina's Proposed Petrochemical Plastics Facility
to be Built in Your Backyard.

Background and Key Facts:

A Texas based company, Encina, has proposed to construct a petrochemical recycling facility in Point Township, PA. The company is currently in the permitting stages to get the project approved for construction. Here is some key information: 

Along Route 11 and the Susquehanna River in Point Township, Northumberland County PA.

Ship 450,000 tons of plastic waste per year and transport chemicals produced by the facility along the river (1,2). Encina plans to produce benzene, toluene, xylene, and propylene from post-consumer plastic waste.

Encina plans to begin construction of their plant in the summer of 2023 and anticipates to open in two parts, the first in 2024 and the second in 2025 (2). Additionally, a new natural gas pipeline will be constructed to supply the energy needed to vaporize the plastics.


Environmental and Health Risks:

The Department of Health and Human Services has determined that benzene causes blood related cancers in humans (3). Exposure to the organic chemical compounds toluene, xylene, or propylene can cause damage to liver & kidneys, birth defects, nervous system issues, or respiratory issues (4,5,6).

Encina is planning to pump up to 2.9 million gallons of water per day from the Susquehanna River to wash post-consumer plastics and to cool the catalytic pyrolysis process that uses heat in the presence of a catalyst to break down plastics to chemicals (benzene, toluene, xylene, propylene) (1,2,9). The wastewater will be pumped back into the river via a pumping and treatment facility on-site (2). Residents are concerned about the risk of chemical and microplastic pollution of the river, an important source of drinking water for many residents in the Susquehanna valley (7). The property is sited within the river’s floodplain and severe weather events have the potential to bring additional pollutants into nearby waterways (8).

Economic Viability Issues:

This company is new and has no record of past successes. The company claims that the Point Township plant will offer 300 full-time positions (1), but when reviewing their website FAQ, it only promises 70 permanent positions (9). Encina has only reported a $55 million investment towards its funding goal out of the $1.1 billion needed for the proposed plant (10).

Attempts to bring “chemical recycling” systems up to a commercial scale have been ongoing over the last 20 years; of 37 projects that were announced, only three are commercially operational, often leaving communities with stranded assets and toxic industrial sites to remediate (11).

In our view, Encina has not been transparent about planned emissions, water impacts, or hazardous waste production that would come from their proposed facility. This is a new and unproven technology; the potential benefits are uncertain, but the health and environmental risks are very clear.


Environmental agencies explain regulatory process at educational forum

Written by Rick Dandes with The Daily Item | August 14th, 2023

““I came because I was curious about what would be said,” Moyer said. “What we need is a real public meeting where questions can be directly asked. We need more public discussions about Encina.” Bambi Hanson, of Liberty Township said she was interested in the permitting process. “I am concerned about the likely negative impact of the proposed Encina plastics facility,” she said. Harlon Jennings, of Sunbury, said there was a lot of information to digest in one sitting. “But it is good to know how the DEP operates. I hope they live up to their name, and protect the environment. We have to hope they do,” Jennings said.” 

Concerns rise over Encina water partner

Written by Matt Jones with the Standard Journal | August 5th, 2023

When asked to provide an example of Veolia’s work on the Susquehanna River, Roesser could not immediately provide one. Kalia Farrell, a member of the Veolia communications team, was also unable to provide an example of Veolia’s work on the Susquehanna River before publication. “We were aware of their plan to use Veolia for their waste water management system. We weren’t surprised to see the press release for the partnership,” said Sandy Field, a member of Save Our Susquehanna, a group of local citizens united by their concerns about the proposed Point Township facility.

DEP kicks back Encina permit application due to deficiencies

Written by Rick Dandes | July 17th, 2023

“The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) returned a permit application filed by Encina Fort Union LLC, documenting 19 “deficiencies” in its application for a proposed plastics recycling project in Point Township. Some of the deficiencies were minor things, such as the way things were labeled or described, “but there were some significant deficiencies submitted to DEP,” said Randy Yoxheimer, Point Township Supervisors Board chairman.” 

(Daily Item)

Residents raise concerns as Encina officials tout $2B economic impact of proposed recycling plant

Written by Rick Dandes with The Daily Item | June 14th, 2023

“Jobs, the local economy, environmental safety and health concerns surrounding Encina’s proposed plastics recycling facility in Point Township were the predominant questions audience members asked company executives during a 2-hour community outreach at Chief Shikellamy Elementary School’s gymnasium Tuesday night.” 

Image from the April 12th Public Meeting (Image from the Daily Item)

More than 200 voice concern, support for Encina plan

Written by Rick Dandes with the Daily Item | April 13th, 2023

“More than 200 people crowded into the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley to share their opinions, both pro and con, of the proposed Encina Plastics Recycling Facility in Point Township, along Route 11”

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1.Encina. (2022, April 7). Encina announces $1.1 billion investment in New Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Pennsylvania. Encina. Retrieved July 25, 2022, from 2. WKOK. (2022, May 12). Plastics Recycler, processor, Encina Holds Open House for Valley. Newsradio 1070 WKOK. Retrieved July 28, 2022, from 3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018, April 4). Facts about Benzene. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved July 28, 2022, from 4. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (n.d.). Benzene Overview. | OSHA. Retrieved July 25, 2022, from 5. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (n.d.). Toluene Overview. | OSHA. Retrieved July 25, 2022, from 6. NJ Department of Health. (2017, May). Hazardous Substance Factsheet Propylene. Retrieved July 25, 2022, from 7. Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper. (n.d.). 10 Fun Facts About The Middle Susquehanna River. Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper. Retrieved July 25, 2022, from 8. PA Emergency Management Agency. (2021). PA Floodplain Management. PEMA. Retrieved July 25, 2022, from 9. Encina. (2021, October 13). Frequently Asked Questions. Encina. Retrieved July 25, 2022, from 10. Recycling Product News Staff. (2022, March 15). Encina receives $55 million in financing. Recycling Product News. Retrieved July 25, 2022, from  11. GAIA. (2021, November 4). All talk and no recycling: An investigation of the U.S. “chemical recycling” industry. Retrieved July 25, 2022, from

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