Frederick Agrees to Seek Other Incinerator Partners
Carroll County is seeking alternate solid waste solutions.
Frederick County will seek another partner for its Waste-to-Energy (WTE) incinerator facility project, according to a Carroll County government news release.
In late June, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners sent a letter to Frederick County stating its desire to back out of the Waste-to-Energy (WTE) project.
Frederick County recently responded, agreeing that Frederick County, with the help of the Northeast Waste Disposal Authority, would be seeking substitute equity partners to replace Carroll County.
In 2009, the previous board of Carroll County comissioners struck a deal with Frederick County to partner in the construction of a 1,500-ton-per-day incinerator at McKinney Industrial Park in Frederick. The plant would burn trash to generate electricity for approximately 45,000 homes between the two counties.
The plan had the two counties sharing in the construction costs, estimated at about $500 million, with Carroll County taking on about $200 million of that. Currently, Carroll County pays to haul much of its trash to Pennsylvania.
A Solid Waste Work Group was created in March to research and review alternative solid waste solutions for Carroll County. The group made a preliminary report in June and plans to have its final report completed by the end of August and presented to the commissioners sometime in September, according to a news release.
The work group was asked to find alternatives to burning or burying waste. Commissioners asked that the alternatives use proven technology, handle a significant portion of the waste stream and meet a reasonable cost/benefit analysis.
Make the news come to you. Subscribe to Westminster Patch headlines and get local news in your inbox each morning.