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

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CLEVELAND — “The city of Cleveland has withdrawn its application for an air emissions permit to build an expensive and controversial trash-to-energy plant, citing an unrelated federal appellate court ruling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 Tuesday that they still are not ready to eliminate the trash-to-energy concept from consideration, though they could not fully explain what would have to change to make the project either more affordable or less of a polluter.

… so far, at the community meetings, residents have shown little support for the gasification model. When residents were given a chance to place red, yellow or green stickers – akin to the colors of a stop light — on poster boards to signify their support for each technology, nearly all chose red for gasification, she said.”

— Leila Atassi, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The city of Cleveland has withdrawn its application for an air emissions permit to build an expensive and controversial trash-to-energy plant, citing an unrelated federal appellate court ruling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 Tuesday that they still are not ready to eliminate the trash-to-energy concept from consideration, though they could not fully explain what would have to change to make the project either more affordable or less of a polluter.