Connecticut DEEP rejects proposed overhaul of major WTE facility on cusp of closure

Waste Dive discusses how the Connecticut DEEP rejects proposed overhaul of major WTE facility on cusp of closure.

  • Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) recently rejected plans from the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) to refurbish an aging refuse-derived fuel (RDF) facility for a capital cost of at least $330 million. Commissioner Katie Dykes called it “a false choice, and a bad deal” in a July 14 letter.
  • MIRA’s board previously identified exporting to out-of-state landfills as the only near-term alternative, but DEEP is calling for new ideas beyond solely converting the site to a transfer station. The letter asked for more attention to efforts in line with the state’s materials management strategy, such as organics diversion, recycling education and unit-based pricing to drive waste reduction.

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