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As a shuttered waste processing plant in Hampden looks to reopen under new ownership later this year, the Orrington incinerator that’s been handling most of the Bangor area’s waste in the interim sees a chance for collaboration with the waste plant across the river rather than continued rivalry.
“I think two facilities can survive,” said Henry Lang, plant manager at Orrington’s Penobscot Energy Recovery Co., or PERC, which has generated electricity by burning trash since the 1980s. “If the two facilities work together, they actually come out ahead.”
PERC has struggled to stay profitable and find new sources of waste since more than 100 towns and cities stopped sending their household trash there in 2018 in favor of the Coastal Resources of Maine plant in Hampden that was supposed to open that year. The Orrington plant has since upgraded its equipment to reduce processing costs and incinerate a larger portion of the waste it takes in. But a few other ventures — including one to prepare Maine wood chips for export to Europe, and another to import shredded plastic waste from Northern Ireland — haven’t panned out.
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FXCERPT FROM THE BDN STORY:
“The Pennsylvania-based company working to purchase a shuttered waste processing plant in Hampden specializes in mixing wastewater sludge with household trash, then burning the mixture to produce electricity.
“Delta Thermo Energy has tried out the technology in small-scale test projects in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and the process is based on the company’s work at facilities in Germany, South Korea and elsewhere overseas.
“But if the company closes on the Hampden plant as intended next month, it would be its first time running a full-scale waste processing plant in the U.S. after a number of other attempts to build plants in the mid-Atlantic fell through.
“The Coastal Resources of Maine plant in Hampden has been closed since last May after it ran out of money to pay its bills and fund a series of performance upgrades. Delta Thermo was one of seven companies that expressed interest in taking over the shuttered operation, and it signed an agreement to negotiate its purchase of the plant late last year.
“Delta Thermo Energy CEO Rob Van Naarden expects the deal with the Coastal Resources of Maine plant’s bondholders to close by the end of March and the plant to restart four to six weeks after that.
“The company plans to run the plant with its existing technology to start, but the goal is to deploy Delta Thermo’s own technology there in the future, Van Naarden said in a meeting with the Municipal Review Committee on Jan. 19. The Municipal Review Committee represents the 115 towns and cities that send their waste to the Hampden plant. They’ve been sending it to the PERC incinerator in Orrington and the Crossroads Landfill in Norridgewock since the Hampden facility has been idled.
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Van Naarden was questioned by John Banks of the Penobscot Nation (1) whether the new operation they proposed, with no landfilling and no incineration would start out that way or was it a long term goal? The company rep said they would try their hardest .(2) What specific actions would you take to get to no incineration or landfilling? He didn’t explain but pointed to the company’s operations in Europe and Japan that it said neither incinerate nor landfill the municipal waste that enters them
A reporter for News Center TV asked the CEO about the fate of the former employees. Would they be hired back? The answer: only groundworkers, that do first stage processing. How many employees . Answer: around 30
Cary Donovan asked if tipping fees would differ for towns that used single sort waste vs those that recycle on the town end. Answer Would keep it as it was before. Dave asked Since the first goal is get it running is the state playing along? Answer Yes they can transfer existing permits. “Someone” asked for details of the special waste process the company uses. She said she understood it d to be be first stage is recycling extraction and the second stage is organics extraction Others raised questions but the company CEO remained very general about its plans.
“The Hampden waste facility that shut down last spring after just six months could soon reopen under the management of a Pennsylvania company that converts trash to electricity.
The company, Delta Thermo Energy, hopes to close the deal and reopen the Coastal Resources of Maine plant within the next four months, CEO Rob Van Naarden said Tuesday afternoon.”
“The Hampden plant, which converted household trash into a mix of fuels and other materials, closed last May after its owners ran out of money amid a number of construction and startup delays. That forced 115 Maine towns and cities to instead send their trash to landfills in Norridgewock and Old Town and to an Orrington plant that burns trash to generate electricity”. Full January 21, 2021 BDN article
Finally a buyer has been selected to restart and operate the Fiberight waste recycling facility in Hampden Maine The identity of the new buyer will be announced on January 19th Watch and listen to the presentation Jan 19th at this zoom link : https://zoom.us/j/94724611326
The Municipal Review committee is a group of 115 municipalities organized originally to collectively negotiate agreements with the PERC waste-to-energy facility in Orrington, Maine to burn their Municipal Solid Waste.
Then in 2018 the new Fiberight plant, AKA Coastal Resources of Maine, a competing trash recycling / waste to energy facility in Hampden, started up. But then it had to shut down in May of 2020, as they were never able to fully operate as promised, and ran out of money. Since then the solid waste of the MRC towns and cities has been sent to Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town and the PERC trash to energy incinerator in Orrington This should end once the Fiberight plant restarts. Time will tell…
On January 7, 2021, Maine Board of Environmental Protection held a zoom meeting that included waste rule changes brought forward by citizens group Don’t Waste ME, Penobscot Nation, and others. Listen to participants below. Fact Sheet (PDF) :: Draft Rule Chapter (PDF) :: Citizen Petition :: Adoption Packet The BEP declined to adopt nearly all the requested rule changes See Maine Public Radio News story
The changes would’ve (1)defined waste as “Maine Waste” only if it originated in Maine. This to end a recycling loophole that lets thousands of truckloads of waste to be brought to Maine every year from other states and landfilled as “Maine waste”. (2) they would have instituted Environmental Justice as a regulatory criterion for state siting or expansion of landfills or their discharging waste.
PART 1 INTRODUCTION; AGENCY ON THE PETITION
PART 2 PUBLIC SPEAKERS
Bill Lippincott 4min 14sec (see 14)
PART 3 BEP deliberates on DWM’s rulemaking petition Full 30 minute audio
With one exception, Maine DEP is recommending Maine Board of Environmental Protection reject the changes in Chapter 400 solid waste rules proposed in Don’t Waste ME’s citizen initiated -proposed rule changes submitted January 13, 2020 **** Video (5min) of Hillary Lister, Bill Lippincott & Ed Spencer speaking at DEP before presenting the petition signatures to the agency
On September 17, 2020 (audio) the BEP held a virtual public hearing on the proposed rule change . Documents presented for the meeting: * DEP 9/17/20 cover letter * DEP’s Basis statement for opposing most of draft rule & DEP’s Responses to comments 14pg pdf * Existing Chapter 400 Rules *
* Chapter 400 with Environmental justice additions “Environmental Justice” added on Pages 10 & 51, DEP supports the board adopting the term into DEP rules. DEP recommends against the rest of the proposed rule changes.
The recent offloading spill into Penobscot Bay of plastic and textile waste, part of the 10,000 ton shipload of euro-trash shipped from Warrenport Northern Ireland into Searsport, bodes ill for Maine’s future. See media coverage: Bangor Daily News Penobscot Bay Pilot WCSH TV Newscenter WABI TV /
The high winds that blew tons of shredded plastics and cloth waste from torn bales of the material into the water as it was offloaded from the cargo ship London Sider at last week, have also lain bare the Mills Administration’s expansion of waste importation into Maine beyond North America – by adding the tiny nation of Northern Ireland to the stable of American states that Maine accepts waste from.
Why arrange waste agreements with a nation 10,000 square miles smaller than Maine, and 2,700 miles away?Because a deal reached this week in the finalizing Brexit process allows Northern Ireland to remain economically open-borders with the rest of the European Union. With its well protected harbor of Warrenport, the tiny nation w is well positioned to be a veritable firehose of Euro-waste to Maine, ensuring Cassella and its trashy cousins plentiful supplies to further their moundbuilding waste empire in what we formerly called the Dawn State but in the future bay more accurately be termed the Dump State.
That is, if whatever expenses ensue to Sprague Energy and the state of Maine from this initial flubbed Eurowaste importation effort are seen as acceptable losses. If they are, then pragmatic European waste managers will happily send their plastic & textile trash across the pond , and Maine trash moundbuilders will continue to grow their ersatz mountain ranges .
Maine’s new State Motto? “Nugas tuas, nostra nugas. ” Your trash is our trash
Below read comments on Waste Management Disposal Services of Maine’s application for Landfill Expansion, Crossroads Landfill, Norridgewock, Maine (Somerset County), #S-010735-WD-YB-N
Hillary Lister of Don’t Waste ME comments on Crossroads Landfill expansion plan Excerpts “According to Waste Management’s application, it appears that all of the out-of-state waste going into the Crossroads facility is Special waste. The application fails to state how much of that Special waste contains asbestos, sludge, or medical waste. Much of what is classified as “special waste” in Maine is prohibited from landfill disposal in other states.”
“Two acres of the northeast corner of the Crossroads landfill set on fire in the summer of 2018. Construction and demolition debris chips used as cover on a portion of the Crossroads landfill spontaneously combusted, requiring response from multiple departments and State helicopters, resulting in the injury of several local firefighters, and a plume of toxic smoke that issued from the smoldering landfill for weeks.”
Sean Mahoney Conservation Law Foundation Comments on Crossroads Landfill expansion plan. Excerpts : “Conservation Law Foundation (“CLF”) strongly opposes the Solid Waste Permit Application for Phase 14 Landfill (“Application”) by Waste Management Disposal Services of Maine (“WMDSM”)…..”While the Application is titled as an expansion of the existing Crossroads Landfill in Norridgewock, Maine”,……..”the Application is more accurately described as one for a new landfill, albeit located one half mile from1 the existing, operating, landfill.”, WMDSM has not demonstrated that the new landfill,… meets the requirements set forth in Chapters 400 and 401 of the Maine Solid Waste Management Rules
“Under the terms stated by WMDSM in the Application, WMDSM would not provide a public benefit to the State of Maine.”
Kat Taylor comments on Crossroads landfill expansion plan Excerpts The municipalities are looking for a cheap way to dispose of their Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and Construction Demolition Debris (CDD) and the for-profit industries make money off these two products and need somewhere to dump their bypass or residue.”
“The sad fact of the matter is that there is a lot of money in waste management. Until we finally reach a point where Maine is no longer the dumping ground of New England waste facilities will lobby for expansion and argue the Interstate Commerce Clause gives them the right to do so.”
“If Maine, through cooperation of various agencies like the DEP, IFW, ACF and the forest products industry, the hunting and fishing industries, the tourism industries, can unite to finally put an end to the seemingly limitless volume of waste coming into our state by just saying “no more”, then we can finally put to rest this issue of waste management excesses which do so
much harm to our beautiful state and its people.”