The Maine Department of Environmental Protection on issued the three permits necessary for the he Municipal Review Committee’s Fiberight waste processing plant in Hampden.
Towns are still signing up for the facility. The towns of Blue Hills, Bucksport and Surry will have until July 30 to make a decision and regional waste cooperative Mid-Coast Solid Waste Corp. will have until August 30.
Previously, the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. facility handled the region’s waste. But the Municipal Review Committee, which represents 187 Maine municipalities, has not renewed its energy purchasing agreement with the facility. It runs out in 2018. Instead, the MRC backed the plan to build a new facility in Hampden. Meanwhile, the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. and Casella Waste Systems reached a deal under which Casella will deliver commercial waste from the region to Penobscot’s incinerator in Orrington, Maine.
The Bangor Daily News has more:
The DEP issued final Solid Waste, Air Emissions and Stormwater Management and Natural Resources Protection Act permits for the planned waste-to-energy plant proposed for the “triangle” area between Ammo Industrial Park, Interstate 95 and Coldbrook Road.
“Congratulations on reaching this important milestone,” David Burns, project manager of the division of Technical Services, Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management, stated in a cover letter posted with the solid waste permit.
“The department reviews every application thoroughly and strives to formulate reasonable conditions of approval within the context of the department’s environmental laws,” Burns states later in the letter, stressing MRC and Fiberight review the conditions.