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Cleveland’s controversial plan to build ‘trash-to-energy’ facility declared dead

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)

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)

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 of becoming a new major source of pollution for Cuyahoga County.

In July, city-hired consultant determined that the cost of such a facility would far exceed that of other methods of trash management. Yet, city officials would not rule it out, just in case changes in the energy market and the cost of construction would make the project affordable after all.

And even after the city withdrew its application for an air-emissions permit in September — citing an unrelated federal appellate court ruling that would have required the project to be reclassified as a major source of pollution – city officials had refused to eliminate the trash-to-energy concept from consideration.

But Cleveland Communications Director Maureen Harper said Thursday that the city is officially moving on.”

— Leila Atassi, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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