[NEWS] Covanta Sues County over Minneapolis Garbage Burner

– by David Chanen and Kelly Smith, September 16, 2016, Star Tribune

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Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (Photo: 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.

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