[NEWS] Covanta Sues County over Minneapolis Garbage Burner
– by David Chanen and Kelly Smith, September 16, 2016, Star Tribune
The company that runs Hennepin County’s large garbage burner in downtown Minneapolis is suing the county, arguing it sabotaged negotiations over a new multimillion-dollar contract.
Covanta, which has run and managed the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) for 27 years, filed the federal lawsuit Thursday. The move comes after the county accepted a proposed agreement from Maple Grove-based Great River Energy last month and gave Delaware-based Covanta a Sept. 22 deadline to agree to the terms or the Minnesota company would get the job.
What’s at stake is a 16-month contract for $25.5 million starting in 2018.
A spokesman for Covanta declined to comment, deferring to the lawsuit “as it outlines the company’s position well.” Hennepin County spokeswoman Carolyn Marinan confirmed that Covanta filed a lawsuit, but declined to comment because it is under review.