Earlier this year, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued permits to the state’s Municipal Review Committee and Fiberight to build a new waste management plant in Hampden, which caused Penobscot Energy Recovery Company to submit an appeal that challenged the approved permits.
The Municipal Review Committee ended up voting unanimously to release up to $1.62 million from the tip fee stabilization fund to begin construction on the facility and on Wednesday, Fiberight officially broke ground.
Construction is expected to continue through January 2017 and resume again in April 2017, provided that the additional $3.48 million needed for the construction of the facility is released.
CentralMaine.com has more:
Years of research, negotiations and advocacy for a new waste disposal solution for more than 100 Maine communities culminated Wednesday in a groundbreaking ceremony that marked the first visible signs of that future.
Construction has started on the road leading to a facility Maryland-based Fiberight is proposing to build.
While Fiberight has chosen its financial backers, the company has yet to secure final approval of its construction financing as it waits to settle an appeal on its permits from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.