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Florida County Commission Rejects Contract with Freedom Energy Hernando, Plan for WTE Plant

The plant would have been built on 13 acres of county land at the local landfill and turned solid waste into pellets that could be used as fuel.

After years of discussion, the Hernando County, Fla., Commission has voted unanimously to reject a 20-year contract with Freedom Energy Hernando LLC and a plan for a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant. The plant would have been built on 13 acres of county land at the local landfill, which currently has about 80 more years of life left, and turned solid waste into pellets that could be used as fuel.

Tampa Bay Times has more information:

After several years of discussion, many hours of staff time trying to negotiate a contract and questions about viability, the Hernando County Commission this week voted unanimously to turn down a contract with Freedom Energy Hernando LLC and abandoned the idea of having the county spearhead a waste-to-energy program.

With several commissioners previously having expressed support for Freedom and the concept, some residents made a last-ditch effort at Tuesday's commission meeting to stop the proposed 20-year contract, under which Freedom Energy would have built a plant on 13 acres of county land at the landfill, then processed the majority of the county's solid waste into pellets that could have been used as fuel.

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