Treatment plant closure

Times Observer photo by Stacey Gross Waste Treatment Corporation closed in November of 2016.

Waste Treatment Corporation, in Pleasant Township, closed its plant in November of 2016, according to Corporate Administrator Kelly Roddy. The facility offered transportation, processing, and recovery of non-hazardous industrial wastes and wastewaters, oil and gas well liquids, municipal sewage, drinking water sludge, septic tank sludge. They also had a mobile team, according to the company’s website, that offered confined space entry work, lagoon and digester cleaning, industrial cleanup of non-hazardous materials, well site cleanup, and tank cleaning.

According to Roddy, “Our company served nearly 200 customers and was in operation since 1985. Due to upgrades, we were required to make our processing cost increase. The increase was passed on to the customers. That, coupled with the drop in the price of oil, caused the customers to find alternative disposal means.”

WTC, according to Roddy, will not relocate, and intends to sell the plant altogether. “We are talking with several companies interested in purchasing. Not all of them would intend to use it to treat oil and gas wastewater. We have many good employees who will be out of work due to the closure.”

Roddy said that there are no other treatment options in Warren. “There is a facility in McKean County and one in Franklin. There is an injection well in Bear lake. The closest reliable facility is the one in McKean County. The operators will all have to have analytical testing done on their water to take it to the facility at McKean County or the injection well at Bear Lake,” said Roddy.