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Slow Going on Landfill Energy Plant
Thursday, 22 October 2009

October 22--  Progress with state permits is slow, but the company which wants to turn trash into electricity at the Toombs County landfill says it's determined to make the project a reality.

Chief Financial Officer Keith Michon updated members of the Vidalia Kiwanis Club this week and later told us they are ready to move once required permits are obtained from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

"The timelines are slipping just a little bit, but we are moving forward with Georgia EPD and the process is what the process is and we hope to be completing that in the near future," Michon said.

The company, America's Waste to Energy, signed a memorandum of understanding with Toombs County last year. 

"We are looking to partner with the community whereby we resolve some landfill issues which exist in terms of putting waste into a landfill.  We will be taking over most of the current costs of the landfill and we are at risk.  The county is not at risk for any of the capital costs or the operating costs of the landfill," he reports.

Michon believes the Toombs County landfill is well-suited for the site of the company's first gassification plant in Georgia.

"We had originally targeted Barnesville for our first site.  When we started working with the Toombs County commissioners, we found they have the existing baler building and that they embraced the project, we couldn't find a better place to proceed with our first project, he said.

Officials say the technology for the plant is in China, but it can't be shipped here until they get the okay from the state EPD to proceed.

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