[NEWS] Concerns About Maine Trash Incinerator Carry Weight
– by Madeline St. Amour, July 8, 2016, CentralMaine.com
Officials from the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. say concerns by members of a legislative committee about Fiberight — the option many of the towns using the Orrington incinerator for waste disposal will use in 2018 — should be taken seriously.
Henry Lang, PERC’s general manager, said the letter from eight of 13 members of the legislative Energy and Natural Resources Committee that was publicly released Thursday afternoon “carries weight” because it was signed by more than half of the members of the committee from both parties.
The letter to the Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday detailed the legislators’ concerns about Fiberight’s waste management process and financial stability, including saying that the plan would violate state law and is not proven to be financially feasible.
Fiberight, a Maryland-based company, is planning to build a first-of-its-kind plant in Hampden that will convert waste into biofuel, converting what it estimates as 70 to 80 percent of the trash it takes in to energy or recycling it, and sending the 20 to 30 percent that’s left to a landfill.