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Covanta Sues Hennepin County, Minn., Over Multimillion-Dollar Contract Sabotage

This federal lawsuit was filed after the county accepted a proposal agreement from Great River Energy last month.

Covanta, a company that has run and managed the Hennepin Energy Recover Center for 27 years, is suing Hennepin County, Minn., for possibly sabotaging negotiations for a new multimillion-dollar contract. The suit is asking for damages in excess of $75,000.

This federal lawsuit was filed after the county accepted a proposal agreement from Great River Energy last month. After accepting the proposal, the county told Covanta that it had until September 22, 2016, to agree to the contract terms or Great River would get the 16-month, $25.5 million contract, which would begin in 2018.

StarTribune has more details:

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.

Read the full story here.

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