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9898 Furnace Road
Lorton, VA  22079

Facility Alert

On Thursday April 6, Covanta Plymouth proactively removed a unit from service and reduced processing in the other unit due to some necessary repairs. The reductions were made to avoid the necessity of venting excess steam to atmosphere. Later that evening, when attempting to reconnect to the local utility, all power was lost at the facility. Power was restored at the site approximately 24 hours later. We are currently evaluating plant electrical systems and making necessary repairs prior to the units being restarted. A full investigation of the incident has been completed, click on the link below to see the brief summary of the findings.

Reducing Landfill Waste

Located in Lorton, Virginia, the I-95 Energy/Resource Recovery Facility is an award-winning Thermomechanical Treatment Facility that serves nearly a million people in the Washington, D.C. suburbs of Fairfax County, Virginia, with reliable and sustainable waste management. Every year, our facility processes more than 1,120,000 tons of waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.

In addition to keeping waste out of landfills, Reworld™ is committed to ensuring safe operations and minimizing environmental impacts. We have been consistently recognized for exceptional operations, including OSHA’s stringent Voluntary Protection Program Star certification.

Our Facility’s Annual Impact

  • Methane2-BLUE

    Less waste in landfills reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,047,000 tons of CO2. That’s like taking 235,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

  • Energy-BLUE

    We produce 93 megawatts of electricity 24/7 with our Waste-to-Energy process - enough to power 67,000 homes for a year.

  • Metals Recovery-BLUE

    We also recover 37,300 tons of metal for recycling annually - enough to build 27,000 cars.

Environmental Performance

We care about our communities and operate well below emissions limits. Over 99.9 percent of what comes out of our plant’s stack is what you’d typically find in air - water vapor, nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. The remaining constituents (as seen below) are well below federal and state standards.

  1. CO values are the maximum 4-hr block average for the day.
  2. SO2 and NOx values are the daily (24-hr) block averages for that day.
  3. Opacity values are the maximum 6-minute average for that day.
  4. All emission values reported in units consistent with the permit. CO, SO2 and NOx reported as parts per million, dry gas basis at 7% O2 (ppmdv7), Opacity as %.
  5. SO2 compliance is based on concentration (ppm) or removal efficiency (% reduction between inlet and outlet emissions).
  6. The dash symbol (-) indicates that a unit is off-line, has insufficient data for a compliance period or is in an exempted startup/shutdown period.

* Results are provided for informational purposes only and are subject to adjustment based on allowable quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) review. For updated information regarding Reworld’s compliance with its permits issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ), final administrative (non-compliance) orders can be found on the VADEQ website. (Please note – if Reworld™ (Covanta) Fairfax is not listed, there are no VADEQ compliance orders to report).

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