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Report: Utah WTE Project Not Paying Rent

Navitus Sustainable Energy signed a 20-year contract with Sandy, Utah, to develop a $100 million project, but the project has been beset by permitting and financing issues.

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that a waste-to-energy facility that’s been in the works for three years has yet to make a single rent payment.

Navitus Sustainable Energy signed a 20-year contract with Sandy, Utah, to develop a $100 million project. It’s supposed to be a gasification plant that’s part of the city’s zero waste plan.

But the project has been beset by permitting and financing issues, which have led to delays.

The Salt Lake Tribune has more:

"Sandy has asked for further information and the city is reviewing the situation to see if the conditions are correctable," said Sandy city spokeswoman Nicole Martin. "Both parties have agreed to continue the discussions. Sandy and its citizens are not negatively impacted by discussing alternative waste possibilities."

Meanwhile, the city has taken down its web page touting the Navitus project, known as the South Valley Sustainability Park.

Navitus has not once paid its monthly rent of $1,667 — about the same as for a small house in Salt Lake City. Nor has Navitus reimbursed the city the $96,000 that Sandy paid a contractor for prior work to prepare the site for an earlier proposal to build a solid-waste transfer station. Under the contract, that payment was due three years ago.

Currently the city is owed $156,000 plus interest.

Read the full story here.

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