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Landfill board OKs waste proposal
February 21, 2005
BY MICHAEL SULLIVAN
Monday, February 21, 2005 12:28 PM MST
BISBEE - The Cochise County Landfill Rate Review Board, - based on the recommendation of a citizens advisory committee studying a "waste-to-energy" proposal for the landfill - quietly voted last week to recommend that the Board of Supervisors sign a letter of intent with a California firm that has proposed building a $25 million plant at the landfill. But, a new proposal for a similar project that was received the night before the meeting has put the matter on hold for at least several weeks.
During an unannounced meeting of the County Rate Review Board on Feb. 14, Lee Basnar of the citizens' Landfill Alternatives Committee, presented the committee's findings from a study of the proposal made by Global Energy Resources to county and municipal officials on Nov. 9, 2004.
The board, made up of representatives from county and municipal governments, oversees operations of the county's transfer stations and landfill.
The Herald/Review was not notified of the meeting in the Board of Supervisors' conference room, but is not normally notified of the board's meetings.
GER proposed building a plant that would utilize a plasma arc and pyrolysis process to reduce virtually all solid waste now buried at the landfill to a recyclable, glassy material that could be used as roadway fill.