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Covanta Fairfax

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Covanta Fairfax

The I-95 Energy/Resource Recovery Facility, operating as Covanta Fairfax, Inc., began commercial operation in June 1990. The facility processes more than 3,000 tons per day of municipal solid waste for a population of more than 900,000 in the Washington, D.C. suburbs of Fairfax County, Virginia. The 22.9-acre facility in Lorton, VA, sells more than 80 megawatts of renewable energy – enough energy to meet the needs of over 80,000 homes. It is the first Covanta facility to have a system to recover very small particles of non-ferrous metal for recycling. 

Recent News

Covanta Fairfax Resumes Operations

The Fairfax County Resource Recovery Facility has resumed operations after upgrades were completed to improve facility performance and enhance fire detection, prevention and response.

Working with Fairfax County, Covanta has implemented new technologies and procedures to enhance fire prevention and response capabilities. Examples include: the use of infrared / thermal imaging cameras, the installation of non-flammable roofing materials and expanded sprinkler systems, and improved waste storage procedures. Covanta has also worked to improve notification and coordination protocols with the County and the Fire and Rescue Department.

Covanta is also committed to improving the transparency of facility operations, including emissions performance. To this end, emission data is now available for the community to review – see table below. This information is automatically updated on a daily basis. Please download this recent presentation for more information.

Commercial Operation:

June 1990

Waste Processing Capacity:

3,000 tons per day

Air Pollution Control Equipment:

Semi-dry flue gas scrubbers injecting lime, fabric filter baghouses, nitrogen oxide control system, mercury control system, and continuous emissions monitoring system

Energy-from-Waste System:

Four 750+ ton-per-day waterwall furnaces with Martin® reverse-reciprocating grates and ash handling system

Energy Generation:

Up to 80 megawatts for sale from two condensing steam turbine generators

Awards and Recognition:

Designated a Voluntary Protection Program Star facility by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for workplace safety

Covanta Fairfax

9898 Furnace Road

Lorton, VA  22079

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Frank Capobianco

703-690-6860

fcapobianco@covanta.com

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Visit Our Facility!

If you would like an escorted tour of our facility, please reach out. We welcome the opportunity to show you how our resource recovery process works.

Click here for tour checklist (PDF)

All tours must be scheduled in advance. Please call 703-690-6860 ext. 607.

Covanta Fairfax Emissions Data

Data Presented in Permit Required Units as Averaged Emissions
(parts per million [PPM] dry basis corrected to 7% oxygen; Opacity – actual stack as %)

(a) CO values are the maximum 4-hr block average for the day.
(b) SO2 and NOx values are the daily (24-hr) block averages for that day.
(c) Opacity values are the maximum 6-minute average for that day.
(d) 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 %

* 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 Covanta’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 Covanta Fairfax is not listed, there are no VADEQ compliance orders to report).