"News & Issues" piece on Biddeford's ongoing battle with Maine Energy Recovery C
"News & Issues" piece on Biddeford's ongoing battle with Maine Energy Recovery Co. (MERC), a garbage incineration service that has been the source of major odor problems in the city. This year, the city's police force received odor enforcement training and fines will start at $2,000. Also last month, the city council voted to bill the incinerator up to $10,500 any time the fire department is called to put out a fire there. The council has also rerouted departing truck traffic through Saco; delayed approval of a $2.5 million odor abatement plan; demanded the company pay for a health study; and filed a court appeal to an automatic transfer of environmental permits when the incinerator's parent company changed hands last year. And though local activists say their goal is to shut the operation down, a forced shutdown of the plant over environmental issues would be unprecedented, according to Ellen Connett, co-director of Canton, N.Y.-based Work on Waste, a trash incineration watchdog group.
Refuse incinerators, Maine Energy Recovery Co Biddeford
Burnett, Lee, ""News & Issues" piece on Biddeford's ongoing battle with Maine Energy Recovery C" (2000). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 4381.
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