Route 13 Bristol Partners had been seeking a variance from the Bristol Township zoning board to build the 50,000-square-foot incinerator. Attorney Allen Toadvine said the firm withdrew its zoning application in a letter on Wednesday.
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The proposal for the incineration of pesticides and pharmaceuticals near the Delaware River drew heavy opposition from the governing bodies and residents of downwind towns Bristol, Pa and Burlington, NJ.
Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, the law firm hired by the City of Burlington to fight the construction, seized the opportunity to announce the project's retreat in a congratulatory news release that included this cheeky bit of name-dropping:
"Named partner and long time environmental protection advocate, Governor James J. Florio and Firm partner Louis Cappelli, Jr., have been heavily involved in the matter, zealously representing the City of Burlington's concerns..."
To the victors belong the PR spoils.
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