YOUR MONEY: How Much Has Organic Recycling Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Cost Gloucester City Taxpayers?
William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (November 28, 2022)(CNBNews)--Last November, Rocco D'Antonio, head of Gloucester City Organic Recycling LLC (GCOR), announced that he filed a $10.5 million lawsuit against the taxpayers for breach of contract. In 2010 D'Antonio agreed with the City to build a
compost plant named Organic Diversions in the Southport industrial area near the end of Water Street.
D'Antonio said the lawsuit was filed in March 2021 because city officials didn't live up to their part of the contract. BARON & BRENNAN, P.A. of Voorhees represent D'Antonio. The City has hired ARCHER & GREINER of Haddonfield to represent the taxpayers.
According to a recent CNBNEWS OPRA request filed in October with the City's Custodian of Records, the lawsuit has cost Gloucester City residents over $250,000 AS OF SEPTEMBER 2022.
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The city failed to prepare the site to the specification of the agreement, according to D'Antonio. It was also responsible for the remediation of nearby wetlands. Allegedly the city had received a permit to proceed with the remediation but let the permit expire.
When asked how he arrived at the total figure of $10.5 million, he said that number included such items as the loss of a $2 million state grant because of the city not fulfilling its part of the contract, the loss of tax credits, engineering fees, permit fees, and every payment he made to vendors and several other items.
The court documents revealed that the City was talking with other developers who had expressed an interest in the 145 acres of Southport. One of those businesses was BYKA Sustainability Group, Inc., with whom the City authorized the execution of a letter of intent.
BYKA has proposed the development of a waste processing facility in the Southport area, including on the Gloucester Titanium property, also known as NJ Zinc. There offered facility would utilize a Plasma Enhanced Classification System to process the organic fractions of a wide variety of materials, including *HAZARDOUS WASTE. (*emphasis reporter) to produce Syngas which would then be converted to end products, including electricity and liquid fuel.
Syngas contains carbon monoxide, which is a chemical asphyxiant. The toxic action of carbon monoxide is caused by combining with the hemoglobin in the blood to form the relatively stable carboxyhemoglobin. The stability of the carboxyhemoglobin prevents oxygen from being taken into the body and consequently, the body is deprived of needed oxygen.
Syngas contains carbon monoxide, which is a chemical asphyxiant. The toxic action of carbon monoxide is caused by combining with the hemoglobin in the blood to form the relatively stable carboxyhemoglobin. The stability of the carboxyhemoglobin prevents oxygen from being taken into the body and consequently, the body is deprived of needed oxygen.● Syngas is not classified as a poison at the normal levels of carbon monoxide present, but it can be fatal after just a few minutes of exposure. At lower concentrations, it can cause workers to have headaches and dizziness.
● Syngas is a pollutant when released because it contains carbon monoxide. (source: Air Liquide)