Waste plan discussed

BAR HARBOR — Councilors here had lots of questions for representatives of the Municipal Review Committee (MRC), a group of more than 180 Maine towns working to facilitate the construction of a trash-to-biofuel facility near Dysart’s Truck Stop in Hampden.

The plant would take municipal solid waste from member towns and other customers when the existing contracts with the Penobscot Energy Recovery Corporation expire in 2018. A company named Fiberight was chosen to build and operate the plant, which would “digest” trash to create methane, ethanol or other energy products.

Public Works Director Chip Reeves serves as the MRC board chair. He and MRC Director Gregg Lounder made a presentation and fielded questions.

Councilors asked Lounder whether he is confident the volume of waste from MRC towns will be above the minimum needed for the operation to break even. They also wanted to know whether a bill pending in the legislature to encourage towns to compost organic waste would throw a wrench in the process if it passed.

Council Chairman Paul Paradis said he was encouraged reviewing the documents, and that the plan seemed to fit well with the town’s master plan for its transfer station.

Other MRC member towns around Mount Desert Island include Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, Trenton, Swans Island, Cranberry Isles and Lamoine. The MRC is working with area towns to draft wording for the necessary town meeting warrant articles.



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