[NEWS] Augusta, Georgia Commissioners Veto Waste Facility
– by Susan McCord, November 1, 2016, Augusta Chronicle
Dean Alford’s proposal to build a city-financed $62 million waste-to-energy plant at the city landfill fell two votes short Tuesday.
Alford, a former state legislator and member of the University System Board of Regents, made a first pitch of the program to the Augusta Commission on Tuesday. His company is Allied Energy Services, which worked with Augusta on a recent solar project.
The group voted 4-3-1, with commissioners Mary Davis, Sean Frantom, Wayne Guilfoyle and Bill Fennoy in favor of submitting a $62 million loan application to finance the project to Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. Commissioners Sammie Sias, Dennis Williams and Ben Hasan voted no.
Alford said the facility would take in 110,000 wet tons of garbage each year and using a technology employed in Bulgaria, convert it to diesel fuel, wood vinegar and biochar, a fertilizer.