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Waste & Recycling January 03, 2018 10:30:56 AM

Proposal to Ship Trash from Connecticut to N.Y. Hits Snag

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DEEP spokesman Chris Collibee said he is not aware of any companies in Connecticut creating or using that form of alternative energy.
Proposal to Ship Trash from Connecticut to N.Y. Hits Snag

SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): With just days left before the state must choose a developer to modernize the aging trash-to-energy plant in Hartford, one of three finalists may have to scrap its proposal to send 116,000 tons of garbage out of state.

It’s not unusual for private waste management companies to ship trash to landfills across state lines, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. What is unusual is the plan submitted by Newport Beach, Calif.-based Mustang Renewable Power Ventures — to turn about 11 percent of the waste it would handle into a form of alternative energy, which it then hoped to send to a cement plant in Coeymans, N.Y.

As it turns out, residents wanted nothing to do with the plan, which Town Supervisor Philip Crandall lambasted in a letter to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy earlier this month and at a news conference with other elected officials on Wednesday.

And the cement plant wasn’t interested in Mustang’s plan either, according to its owner, Chicago-based company LafargeHolcim. The plant isn’t capable of accepting the trash-based energy, called “process engineered fuel,” and it didn’t give Mustang permission to include the plant in its proposal, LafargeHolcim spokeswoman Jocelyn Gerst.

“The fact is that we and Mustang Renewable Power Ventures agreed to talk about the possibility of using alternative fuels, but that is all,” she said. “There are no contracts, agreements, or plans for the Ravena plant to work with this company and, in fact, we have determined that we will not be pursuing a relationship with Mustang Renewable Power Ventures at our Ravena plant in the future.”

She added that the company was “as upset as others about being named, without our consent, as a potential destination for these materials.”

Mustang did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has until Sunday to choose a developer and said it was aware Mustang would need to find another destination for the process engineered fuel.

DEEP spokesman Chris Collibee said he is not aware of any companies in Connecticut creating or using that form of alternative energy.

“If this bidder were to be selected — and they are one of three finalists — they will be required to develop a final project that meets all federal and state environmental as well as human health standards and permitting requirements, including seeking local approvals, whenever necessary, for any activities conducted in other states,” Collibee said.

Mustang’s plan is one of three under consideration by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to redevelop the trash-to-energy plant in the South Meadows, which handles one-third of the state’s garbage.

Courtesy: https://wasteadvantagemag.com

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