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A green Cleveland must focus on best practices, not petty politics: editorial
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A green Cleveland must focus on best practices, not petty politics: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Nearly five years and over a half-million dollars later — Tien and Princeton Environmental Group did all right for accomplishing nothing – the Cleveland Department of Public Works recently solicited bids to build, own and operate a waste management facility that embraces recycling and composting and provides an […]

Shoveling trash at Cleveland's Ridge Road garbage transfer station -- once the proposed site of a controversial waste-to-energy plant. (Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer)
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Cleveland’s controversial plan to build ‘trash-to-energy’ facility declared dead

CLEVELAND — “A long-debated proposition to build an expensive and controversial trash-to-energy plant in Cleveland is dead. …Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration had championed the plan through years of public scrutiny, the crusade of environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s declaration that such a project would run the risk […]

Has The Project Group lived up to its end of a $250,000 consulting contract to monitor public utilities issues for City Council? (PD file photo)
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Has The Project Group effectively monitored public utility issues for City Council?

CLEVELAND — “The Project Group, operated by principals John Zayac and Michael Tuan Bustamante, has been under contract for the past 18 years to monitor public utility issues for the Cleveland City Council. But the consultants did not report on several controversies related to utilities until after The Plain Dealer […]

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Cleveland gives up on air emission permit to build controversial trash-to-energy plant
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Cleveland gives up on air emission permit to build controversial trash-to-energy plant

CLEVELAND — “The city of Cleveland has withdrawn its application for an air emissions permit to build an expensive and controversial trash-to-energy plant, citing an unrelated federal appellate court ruling that would have required the proposed project to be reclassified as a major source of pollution. But city officials said […]

Vadxx Energy scraps its plans for Cleveland plant
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Vadxx Energy scraps its plans for Cleveland plant

Alternative recycler has shifted its focus to Akron and has its sights set on the purchase of 5.1 acres of city-owned land CLEVELAND — “Vadxx Energy LLC, a Cleveland-based alternative recycler that turns polyolefin waste into fuel, is abandoning its plans for a much-debated Cleveland plant and instead setting its […]

Air permit denial for Cleveland waste-to-energy plant would be a plus, particularly since the plant is unlikely to be built
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Air permit denial for Cleveland waste-to-energy plant would be a plus, particularly since the plant is unlikely to be built

CLEVELAND — “Now, it turns out the city will owe [Incinerator project consultant Peter] Tien an additional $450,000 should the state EPA issue an air emissions permit. Ken Silliman, chief of staff for Mayor Jackson, acknowledges that the permit probably wouldn’t be used, since gasification is no longer the city’s […]

Cleveland pursues permit for waste-to-energy facility, but may not build
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Cleveland pursues permit for waste-to-energy facility, but may not build

CLEVELAND — “Nearly thirty people testified—all in opposition. They worried mercury and lead emissions would put neighbors’ health at risk. Nathan Rutz with environmental group Ohio Citizen Action says the county already has pollution problems, and sustainable alternatives make more sense. RUTZ: ‘The people of Cleveland are in favor of […]

Cleveland to host informational meeting on trash, still pursuing waste-to-energy permit
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Cleveland to host informational meeting on trash, still pursuing waste-to-energy permit

CLEVELAND — “Then, last month, city-hired consultants concluded that the facility would be too costly to build and operate and could eventually drive up rates for CPP customers. The consultant suggested recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion, a process that escalates decomposition of organic trash, as the most affordable and environmentally-friendly […]

Cleveland’s curbside recycling program: Whatever happened to?
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Cleveland’s curbside recycling program: Whatever happened to?

CLEVELAND — “City officials expect to see a boost in residents’ participation as the city continues to educate the public about the benefits of the program and as recycling becomes more culturally entrenched, Harper said. The city makes about a half of a million dollars a year by selling recyclables […]