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Casella’s Record in Alton & Old Town

Several people from the Old Town/Alton area have contacted Lewiston City Councilors urging them to take caution before entering into a two-decade contract with Casella.

Letter from Landfill Advisory Committee Member Dana Snowman

To Whom It May Concern;

I understand you are considering a long-term recyclable waste materials processing enterprise in Lewiston.

I am a member of the Juniper Ridge Landfill Advisory Committee created by the state legislature.

I have witnessed and will attest to systematic/methodical fraud and collusion committed by state officials and ‘Casella’ with respect to operations, etc. at the state dump in Old Town.

My experience is that the waste system in our beloved state is controlled by some very, VERY bad actors! They employ swarms of shrewd and cutthroat lawyers, lobbyists, state officials etc. and there is a long record of deceit and abuse directed at Maine(rs). And I suspect that ‘behind the curtain’ it is much worse.

Best wishes and thank you for your time.

Sincerely,  Dana C. Snowman

Alton, Maine

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From Alton resident Ed Spencer

To whom it may concern,

I understand the City of Lewiston is considering entering into a long-term agreement with Casella who wants to site a recycling center locally. From my perspective as an Old Town citizen who has become familiar with Casella’s operations since 2003 when they became operator of the state-owned landfill in our town, you should be very careful in dealing with them.

Casella is one of those outfits that does a great job of PR until they get their foot in the door, and then you may find that you signed the contract in ink but they used a pencil.

In 2003 the State issued an RFP for landfill operator; Casella was the only one who applied. After they were awarded the contract, they failed to post the $50 million bond which was one condition of the RFP. The Baldacci administration, to their great discredit, let them keep the contract without rebidding. Another condition of the RFP was that the operator would follow the State Waste Hierarchy, which is to first reduce, then  reuse, recycle, compost, incinerate, and as only a last option, landfill.

Now they want to take all the curbside garbage from southern Maine that used to fuel their MERC incinerator in Biddeford and put it in the State Dump in Old Town.

Casella signed a Host Community Agreement with Old Town that said that only byproducts from fuel for the Old Town Mill that originated out of state could end up in the state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill (JRL) in Old Town. In November 2006, Casella and the State Planning Office signed amendments to the Operating Services Agreement that broke our Host Community Agreement, and allowed for wholesale non-Maine debris to come to JRL. We call these the Secret Amendments because Casella and SPO never told the legislature, the DEP, Old Town, our Landfill Advisory Committee or the Public what had happened. We found out almost two years later.

Casella’s KTI facility in your area in 2010 imported 90% of its waste stream from Massachusetts. Over 90% of its outputs came to JRL, where close to 100,000 tons were classified as “fines for daily cover”, which is exempt from State or local tipping fees. Casella includes this in their “recycled in Maine” total, even though we were told over and over again that by Casella and the State that “There will be no out of State waste in the landfill.”

Casella also appears to be in shaky financial straits. In no way do I want to tell you what to do with your City, but you would be wise to be extremely cautious of entering into any long-term contracts with them.

Protect your citizenry with iron-clad termination clauses.

Respectfully submitted, Ed Spencer

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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Current Events

 

Biddeford Officials Warn Lewiston Against Casella Waste Contract

On Tuesday, January 8th the Lewiston City Council held a private executive session meeting to discuss a proposed 20 year contract with Casella Waste. Prior to the meeting, Casella submitted a 21-page response to people’s concerns with the company raised at the Council’s work session on December 11th.

Casella’s response raised more questions than it answered. The company’s letter refers a 30-year contract with Lewiston, instead of 20 years. When the discrepancy was brought to attention of the councilors they said it must be a typo.

In response to concerns that Casella is in the business of importing thousands of tons of out-of-state waste, the company states, in boldface type, that “No out of state waste will be transported to Juniper Ridge [State-owned dump in Old Town] because Casella’s operating contract with the State limits disposal at JRL to only waste generated in Maine.” It is true that the contract has that limit, but Casella fails to mention that following the signing of the contract, the company successfully lobbied the state legislature to change the legal definition of Maine waste to any waste processed in Maine. Casella imports over 150,000 tons of out-of-state waste to its KTI processing facility in Lewiston, and “processes” it into “Maine generated” waste, eligible to be dumped at the State landfill. Under the proposed terms of the single-stream contract, Casella’s single-stream operation could take in thousands of tons of waste from out-of-state via KTI for processing. Any waste that couldn’t be recycled would be sent to Auburn’s MMWAC incinerator, with the ash dumped in the Lewiston landfill. Casella would also have the option of sending non-recycled waste to Old Town to be “recycled” as daily cover on the JRL dump.

The contract itself currently contains a large loophole for out-of-state waste, allowing Casella’s KTI to sent out-of-state cardboard, plastic, and other acceptable materials to the proposed single stream recycling facility. Waste that could not be recycled could be burned at Auburn’s MMWAC incinerator, and the ash dumped in Lewiston’s River Rd. landfill.

In response to the question: “Does single stream recycling result in an end product that is less valuable as a commodity than presort recycling?” Casella responds that they market materials at maximum market values. Considering the market price for mixed materials from single stream has fallen through the floor in the past two years, and many municipalities that had switched to single-stream are now switching back to presort recycling due to the lack of market value for single stream products, the company fails to answer whether the single stream product goes for a lower price than presort recycling. Baled mixed paper resulting from single stream currently sells for $30 to $70 a ton.

Clean baled sorted paper and cardboard sells for $100 to $200.

One of the major barriers to creating high-value products from the single stream process come from the fact that glass gets broken and mixed throughout other products. The article “Single Stream Uncovered” in the August 2010 issue of Resource Recycling explains, “[I]t is virtually impossible to prevent glass from breaking as it goes to the curb, is dumped in the truck, gets compacted, gets dumped on the tipping floor…, is repeatedly driven over by forklifts, and is dumped on conveyor belts to be processed.”

In the letter to Lewiston councilors, Casella claims to achieve 100% extraction of glass, which is unheard of for single-stream processors. Casella’s existing single-stream operations separate glass on the processing line using spinning vertical disk conveyors. These conveyors sort out much of the glass, but much of it can still make it into the final baled products, just as small particles.

Worker safety is also threatened by mixing glass in the automated sorting process. In 2009 the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Health and Safety conducted a Health and Safety Assessment of Casella Recycling. MassCOSH surveyed Casella employees who reported that they experienced numerous injuries and health problems associated with their work. Injuries included scratches to eye, cuts by sharp objects such as metal and glass, and eye, throat and skin irritations and respiratory problems following exposure to dust particles from broken glass from crushing machines.

Casella’s letter to councilors claims the company has financial capacity to meet the needs of Lewiston, and highlights company revenues over $480 million. It does not mention the company’s debt load or junk bond status. On December 3rd, Casella replaced its President when shares of the corporation’s stock fell to its lowest price in more than two years. This followed a $9.7 million loss to shareholders, related to paying off debt. Wunderlich Securities analyst Michael Hoffman called the company’s quarterly results “just plain ugly.” As of early 2012 Casella carried over $594 million in adjusted debt – over $100 million more than its revenues – much of which will come due in the next three years.

Casella’s reputation in other Maine towns was the center of discussion during the Public Comment period at the Lewiston Council meeting. At the request of Lewiston resident Dan Gregoire of the community group Don’t Dump on ME, two former Biddeford officials came to speak about their experiences with Casella contracts.

Former Biddeford City Councilor Perry Aberle explained to councilors, “I’m here to caution you to really rethink a 20 year contract. Biddeford signed a 17 year contract, and Casella Waste didn’t hold up to their end of the bargain. …You’re going to regret it, signing into a contract for 20 years. Other City Councilors and other Mayors in the future are going to have to live with that contract.”

Joanne Twomey, Biddeford’s former Mayor and past State Representative also strongly cautioned Lewiston councilors to be careful when dealing with Casella, stating, “I’m here to tell you that for 30 years they never kept a promise,” pointing out that with the closure of MERC, Biddeford is left with “a toxic waste dump, with dioxin, for [the cost of] $6.5 million dollars” on Casella’s old incinerator site.

Lewiston Mayor MacDonald defended Casella, responding, “I have some comments and I can’t let this stand….I had talked to Alan Casavant because he’s on a coalition that I’m on. He stated they had no problems with Casella, and every time he asked them to do something, they did it.

…It almost sounds like what you’re saying is we’re incompetent, that we’re going to be sucked into a contract. We don’t have our dungarees rolled up and we’re not on the farm, and that’s what you’re implying.”

Twomey replied, “I’m not implying you’re incompetent, I’m implying Casella’s incompetent.

…If Alan has said they’ve had no problems, you should call the DEP and ask about the Dioxin that’s still on site.”

Biddeford’s current Mayor and State Representative, Alan Casavant is quoted in Casella’s letter to the council saying, “I was impressed by Casella’s willingness to work with us in good faith.”

His support of Casella is being strongly touted by Lewiston officials as proof of local support for the company in towns where they’ve operated.

Casella and Mayor MacDonald don’t mention that Alan Casavant has received multiple campaign donations from Casella and associates. Casella was one of the top donors to Casavant’s mayoral campaign. In his most recent campaign for legislature, Casavant received major donations from the law firms Casella contracts with to lobby the State legislature. Pierce Atwood, which employs six Casella’s lobbyists, was a major donor. Federle Mahoney, which employs Casella’s seventh lobbyist, was another major donor.

Federle Mahoney created Casella’s failed nonprofit Maine Green Energy Alliance, which was disbanded after investigations into misuse of Public funds. Last year, Casavant was a sponsor and vocal supporter of emergency legislation to turn over complete control of the State’s JRL dump to Casella, which failed to pass, but is expected to return this session.

Other officials from Biddeford have not been nearly so supportive of Casella’s actions. When the company was pushing a 30-year contract to take over Lewiston’s landfill in 2007, Biddeford City Councilor Matthew] Hight said he could not support a plan that encouraged Lewiston to partner with the company. “I don’t see how, in good conscience, I could advocate that given our experiences with Casella here in Biddeford,” he said.

Lewiston City Councilors are expected to vote on the 20 (or 30?) year contract with Casella on Tuesday, January 22nd.

The language of the lease, subject to change, along with informational materials from Casella, is available on the City website as of January 15th at: http://www.ci.lewiston.me.us/index.aspx?NID=570

Coverage in the Sun Journal:

Articles: MMWAC and Casella

City releases draft of Casella lease

Op-Ed: No Need To Rush Casella Contract

Letters to the Editor:

Concerns About Casella

Councilors Should Wait

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in Current Events

 

Maine Green Energy Alliance and other Casella Investigations

Casella has come under investigation by Maine’s Government Oversight Committee twice in the three years.

In 2010, the Casella-funded nonprofit Maine Green Energy Alliance was disbanded after the State committee started investigating potential misuse of Federal recovery grants that intended for home insualtion and energy efficiency. Biddeford Mayor Joanne Twomey said the nonprofit was using green washing as a way to get a “company bailout” of federal stimulus funds for Casella.

MGEA returned $645,000 of the $1 million grant to Efficiency Maine. A significant portion of the grant was used to pay the salary of Casella lobbyist, and former Baldacci chief counsel, Tom Federle, who attempted to divert tens of millions of tax-payer dollars into subsidising expansion of Casella waste operations in Maine.

Source: “Maine Green Energy Alliance –Start-up’s Weak Controls and Informal Practices Created High Risk for Misuse of Funds and Non-compliance with Laws and Regulations,” August 2011 Final Report from the Office of Program Evaluation & Government Accountability of the Maine State Legislature http://www.maine.gov/legis/opega/GOC/GOC_meetings/Current_handouts/8-22-11/MGEA%20Final%20Report%208-17-11.pdf

In January 2012, a tri-partisan group of 10 legislators submitted a letter to the Government Oversight Committee, requesting that OPEGA do a full review and audit of dealings between the State and Casella. The letter raised major concerns about out-of-state waste, conflicts of interest in awarding of contracts to Casella, changes to contracts without public notification, anti-competitive actions by the company, and misuse of Public funds.

“Opponents question Casella operations in Maine communities,” Twin City Times, Nov 22, 2012

“Government Oversight Committee to discuss landfill again, has concerns about Casella,” Bangor Daily News, June 29, 2012

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Current Events

 

Casella Targets Central Maine for Out-of-State Waste Dumping

On January 22, the Lewiston City Council is expected to vote on entering into a 20-year contract with Casella Waste, allowing the debt-ridden company to expand operations at the Lewiston Transfer Station on River Rd.

On December 11th, the City Council held a work session on the proposed contract for Casella to build a “single-stream” recycling/processing facility. (Video of the meeting can at http://greatfallstv.net/webstream.htm . Click on the Lewiston Government link, and choose  the 12/11/12 meeting.)

Out-of-state waste from Casella’s KTI Bio Fuels operation in Lewiston would be allowed in the proposed single stream center. Last year, KTI imported over 180,000 tons of waste from southern New England, most of which ended up in the state-owned, Casella-operated JRL dump in Old Town.

JRL is only allowed to take in Maine waste, but thanks to lobbying efforts by Casella, waste that is “processed” in Maine facilities legally becomes Maine waste, and is allowed in the state dump.

Any waste from KTI that could not be recycled would be burned at the MMWAC incinerator in Auburn and the ash disposed in the Lewiston dump.

In 2005, Casella President Jim Bohlig stated that the Lewiston’s River Rd landfill could become a “fairly reasonable replacement” for the company’s MERC incinerator in Biddeford. At the time, MERC was burning about 600 million pounds a year of waste, with over half of it trucked in from out of state.

In 2007, Lewiston City Councilors voted NO on a plan to enter into a 30-year contract giving Casella control of the city landfill.

With no ability to send the waste to Lewiston in 2007, Casella continued to burn out-of-state waste at MERC until Biddeford reached a deal with the company in late 2012 to purchase and shut down the incinerator. About the same time, a new contract was proposed for Lewiston, though this time under the greener-sounding plan of single-stream recycling.

Casella has also applied to the DEP to approve major expansion of the JRL dump and to allow raw municipal solid waste that was contracted to be sent to MERC up to be dumped in Old Town.

Casella has sent a rebuttal to Lewiston City Councilors claiming there had been misstatements and distortions about the company’s reputation, capability, and commitments to the communities where they operate. Read the letter here: CasellaRebuttalLewiston

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Current Events

 

Casella’s Impact on the Lewiston area economy

Casella drives other buisnesses away from communities where they set up operations.

Biddeford & Saco business owners have argued for years of the need to close MERC if the communities are to attract businesses and tenants.

Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant said MERC been “a big blue obstacle” to transforming the city’s former textile mills into residential, retail and manufacturing spaces, with investors hesitant to move to a city dubbed “Trashtown USA.”

Will Lewiston become the new Trashtown?

Source: “Biddeford without MERC: ‘We will no longer be known as a stink town‘,” Portland Press Herald, November 30, 2012

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In 2007 Lewiston was one of 10 cities in the country named an All-American City by the National Civic League.

The oldest community recognition program in the nation selects communities that exemplify the true American spirit at work, withresidents are actively committed to ensuring that their community is a safe, nurturing place to live. Cities can win the award multiple times, and Auburn was a prior winner.

Lewiston was also ranked the 31st healthiest community in the Country by Business and Development Outlook, an economic development trade publication that ranks US metro areas health based on quality of life issues, including air and water quality.

…“Any organization desires a location that will allow the healthiest lifestyle and medical resources for its employees,” wrote the editors of BDO. “No matter what circumstances may arise in the boardroom or in the warehouse, employees need to be healthy in order to live well.”

In 2006, the Lewiston-Auburn area was ranked as one of the safest places to live in the country by the Farmers Insurance Group. The ranking included consideration of crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, and environmental hazards.

Source: http://laitshappeninghere.com/?p=310

Does Lewiston now want to become known as an All American Dump?

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The Toxics Action Center named Casella Waste among its 12 most flagrant polluters of 2012 in New England.

“The threat long term (from Casella landfills and incinerators) is enormous,” said Ed Spencer of Orono Community Forums, who lives less than two miles from Casella’s landfill in Old Town and has been part of a citizen watchdog effort monitoring Casella’s operations in northern Maine. “They’re great at making promises, but they’ve failed to deliver.”

Source: “Maine company, pipeline make ‘Dirty Dozen’ polluters list: Casella Waste Management has a long history in Maine...” Portland Press Herald, Nov 29, 2012

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Lewiston owns and operates its own landfill, which has disposal capacity in excess of 40 years at current disposal rates.

Non-recyclable waste from Casella’s single stream processing facility would be allowed in the landfill after it’s burned in Auburn’s MMWAC incinerator.

Source: http://www.ci.lewiston.me.us/index.aspx?nid=204

Will Casella attempt to get control of MMWAC?

Will the Lewiston landfill lose its 40-plus years disposal capacity once Casella gets permission to start dumping burnt out-of-state waste?

 

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Current Events

 

Financial Problems Plague Casella Waste

Company has history of financial troubles & anti-competitive business practices

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On December 3rd, 2012 shares of Casella Waste fell to their lowest price in more than two years.

$9.7 million of the loss was related to paying off debt, and makes up only a fraction of the hundreds of millions of dollars owed by Casella.

Wunderlich Securities analyst Michael Hoffman called the company’s quarterly results “just plain ugly.”

Source: “Casella Waste shares tumble on lower guidance cut,” Business Week, Dec 4, 2012

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The same day Casella posted a net loss to shareholders of $21 million it replaced President Paul Larkin with the company’s current CFO Ed Johnson.

No reason was given for the change of president, though there was speculation at the city council meeting that it may have had to do with insider trading and the fact that Larkin had sold 12,582 shares of Casella stock on July 10, 2012 at an average price of $5.24 a share, just prior to a sustained drop in value in following months.

Source: “Casella Waste Names New President as Losses Mount,” Waste Age, Dec. 4, 2012

Casella Waste Systems Inc. (CWST) President & COO Paul Larkin Sells 12,582 Shares,” Guru Focus, July 10, 2012.

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Casella was sued by shareholder over violating the Securities Exchange Act by intentionally concealing the company’s true financial condition.

KTI stock was valued at $23.50 a share and Casella’s was valued at $27 a share when the companies’ merger was announced in January of 1999. By December, KTI stock had dropped to $9, while Casella had dropped to about $18.56, with the merged company’s stock valued at $7.

Source: “Shareholder sues refuse handler KTI accused of hiding financial woes,” Bangor Daily News, April 12, 2000.

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 Hermon disposal business EEI sued Casella in 2005 for anti-competitive practices.

The Environmental Exchange Inc. alleged that Casella violated state antitrust laws by entering a preferential bid to haul waste Maine biomass plants. The suit raised concern about Casella’s “vertical integration” in the Maine waste market, with the company owing and/or operating dumps, incinerators, sludge facilities, CDD processing, and trucking, effectively fixing prices of disposal to force competition out of business, giving Casella a near monopoly on waste handling in Maine.

Source: Bangor Daily News, Hermon business sues Casella Waste disposal firm alleges violation of antitrust laws, March 3, 2005.

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Vermont’s AG issued a $1 million fine to Casella for anti-competitive actions.

If Casella had been penalized for every contract in violation, the company would have faced over $24 million in penalties. Casella negotiated the fine down and paid $1,000,000 for anti-competitive actions and bad faith negotiations in contacts with Vermont municipalities and consumers, which is the largest settlement with a Vermont business in the State’s history.

Source: “Casella to pay $1M penalty for anti-competitive contracts with consumers,” VT Digger, August 13, 2011

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Casella’s bonds have been at junk bond status in recent years.

As of early 2012 Casella carried over $594 million in adjusted debt, much of which will come due in the next two years. The company has become so in debt that its market stratagy is to rely on public funding for its private profiting operations.

The company depends on tens of millions of dollars in tax exempt solid waste revenue bonds, to be repaid by Maine taxpayers should Casella default.

Sources: “Casella Waste Systems ‘B+’ Rating Affirmed, Various Rating Actions On FAME Revenue Bonds; The Outlook Is Negative,” Standard & Poors Research Update, Jan 11, 2012

 
 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Current Events

 

Casella Waste’s Record In Maine Towns

 Casella has a history of bad faith negotiations with multiple Maine towns.

“I certainly wouldn’t consider Casella a good corporate citizen,” said James Grattelo, a Portland business owner and former mayor and city councilor in Biddeford. “They wait to get caught, then they argue that it’s not a problem. Only as a last resort and after constant, constant fighting will they even attempt to correct the problem.”

…In Hampden, Town Manager Susan Lessard says the town largely has recovered from the failed two-year legal battle to prevent Casella from expanding that landfill. In 2000, the court approved the expansion, declaring the landfill critical to the state’s solid waste disposal infrastructure. “The trust factor between the two entities at that point was pretty close to nonexistent,” she said. …Today, Lessard talks about Casella as a trainer would an 800- pound gorilla: something requiring relentless attention.

Source: “Casella Waste Systems Inc. from bags to riches,” Bangor Daily News, Feb 7, 2004

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Hermon and Casella

The Town of Hermon issued orders in 2009 and again in 2012 that Casella violated its Wastewater Discharge Permit and the town’s Sewer Use ordinance when dumping leachate and sludge from its Pine Tree Dump in Hampden into the town’s sewers.

Source: “Application for a Solid Waste Project Amendment,” from Casella (as NEWSME) to MDEP, requesting permision to send Municipal Solid Waste from MERC to JRL, Sept 2012

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FACT: Casella has sued over a dozen communites where it has owned or leased land.  

Casella sued Biddeford over local zoning changes in 2010.

Source: “Casella sues city over zoning change,” Courier Gazette, September 20, 2010.

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FACT: Casella was sued by Maine towns contracted with the PERC incinerator.

The Municipal Review Committee, representing the 116 communities that use the PERC incinerator that was then partially owned by Casella, sued Casella in 2000. The MRC claimed that Casella didn’t seek lower prices for disposal of incinerator residue because it also owns the Sawyer Environmental Recovery Facility in Hampden.”

“Our communities will not be economically compromised to accommodate larger corporate interests,” said Greg Lounder, executive director of the Municipal Review Committee.

Source: Portland Press Herald, Towns sue owners of waste incinerator. January 8, 2000

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Biddeford and Saco’s Experience

Casella’s MERC incinerator generated lawsuits and contested contracts for decades, with host communities Biddeford and Saco charging the company engaged in bad faith negotiations and poor business practices.

Biddeford first sued MERC in 1989 for damages relating to MERC’s operation and location.

Part of the settlement required the city to pay more to leave its trash at MERC, thereby allowing then-owner KTI to avoid bankruptcy. The settlement also stipulated that the city would be paid 20% company’s value if MERC was lost through bankruptcy or sold.

When Casella paid $500 million to take over operations of MERC by merging with KTI in December 1999, the company claimed that the merger was a “stock swap” where the cities “will get nothing from the deal”. Biddeford and Saco called the takeover a sale and said they were entitled by contract to a share of profits from the Casella takeover.

Saco later filed suit after Casella increased the amount of trash it processed annually from the 212,000 tons listed in the contract up to 274,000 tons. The cities also charged that Casella was using MERC as a transfer station, which was prohibited by the 1991 contract.

Saco City Councilor Leslie Smith Jr. said he doesn’t trust the company to abide by its word.

“Right now I would rather shake hands with a rattlesnake than reach across the table and shake hands with someone from MERC” on an agreement, he said.

Sources: “Biddeford files lawsuit against MERC,” Portland Press Herald, Jan 10, 2002

“Saco panel opts to sue MERC trash plant,” Portland Press Herald, Nov 6, 2001.

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[Biddeford City Councilor Matthew] Hight said he could not support a plan that encouraged Lewiston to partner with the company.

“I don’t see how, in good conscience, I could advocate that given our experiences with Casella here in Biddeford,” he said.

……Kyle Noble, a member of a citizens’ group that opposed the MERC contract, the Working Alliance for Biddeford’s Future …said the plan may be well-timed.

He said the federal government is offering incentives for waste-disposal companies to harvest methane gas from landfills, which could make it more financially attractive for Casella to abandon the Biddeford incinerator in favor of taking garbage to the two landfills to the north.

Source: “Skepticism greets plan to close trash incinerator,” Portland Press Herald, Sept 3, 2007

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FACT: Casella was sued by its partner corporation in 2000 over poor business practices.

Energy National Inc., co-owner of the PERC incinerator in Orrington, sued its partner Casella over refusal to allow the partnership to pursue more affordable residue disposal prices. Under the partnership agreement, both companies must consent before PERC can enter into any disposal contract. The Municipal Review Committee, representing member towns, alleged that Casella balked at negotiating better disposal prices because it also owned the Sawyer Dump in Hampden.

Source: Bangor Daily News, PERC co-owner’s suit echoes complaints in towns’ claim. Jan 29, 2000

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Over 90% of waste sent to Casella’s KTI Bio Fuels processing center comes from out of state.

In 2010 the majority of those 200,000 tons of construction and demolition debris was dumped in the State-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill (JRL) in Old Town operated by Casella.

JRL is only allowed to accept Maine waste, but thanks to a loophole created by Casella lobbyists, out-of-state waste processed at KTI becomes eligible Maine waste.

Former State Representative Bob Duschesne wrote to DEP Commissioner (and former Casella lobbyist) Pat Aho:

“Figures show that the apparent role of KTI Bio Fuels is not to produce biofuels.

…It is to convert out-of-state waste to in-state waste for purposes of disposal at Juniper Ridge.”

Source: “The KTI Example,” Bangor Daily News, Jan 13, 2012 

 

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Current Events