Comments for: Bill to give Old Town landfill to Casella, close Biddeford incinerator postponed

Posted April 09, 2012, at 6:33 p.m.
Last modified April 10, 2012, at 10:15 a.m.

AUGUSTA | The Senate and House voted Monday afternoon to indefinitely postpone a bill that proposed passing ownership of state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill to Casella Waste Systems Inc. as a step toward closing the Maine Energy Recovery Co. incinerator in Biddeford. The bill, LD 1911, sponsored by Sen. Barry …

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  • Old Bear

    Why does Casella need to close MERC in Biddford they are making money with power. If they have to truck all the out of state trash to Old Town at $4.25 a gallon the cost is going up and up. Why would  the state of maine want to keep 51% of it and give Casella 49% control. This could make money for the state. There must be money in Juniper Ridge or Casella would not want a thing to do with it. Lepage should look at this long and hard.

    • Anonymous

      Seems like NIBY is alive and well. Down want a smelly noisey plant in their back yard so close it down. Seems that burning it for energy and then burying the ash makes a lot more sense then trying to bury tons of trash.  I don;t like the idea that all this out of state trash comes in to Maine but I think you will find we send hazmat and other items out of state that we can’t handle.  A trade off of sorts.

      • Old Bear

         Find a hazmat company in Maine. They are all from the Mass area. We have the means to take care of our own product. But spending hazmat out of state there more profit in it for them. Have you ever drove by the mountain of trash in Hampden and the smell that comes from it well just about kill you. The same thing going to happen in Old Town if the state gets there way. Do you recycle if so how much product says in Maine????

        • Anonymous

          If we can’t settle on allowing a regular dump in Maine how do you think we would ever get a HAZMAT facility licensed here. The land fill in Hampden is sealed and the gas it produces is piped into a system the fuels three gas to electricity generators. I drive by it every day, no odor now. And like I said NIMBY. You can’t have it both ways. You either spend more money to send it away or find a place instate to take care of it.

  • Anonymous

    This is what happens when Ds and Rs work together – the Ds in southern Maine continue to create heaps of trash but no longer have to store it in their backyard.  And the neocon Rs get to transfer a state facility to the private sector.

    • Anonymous

      Except it didn’t happen!

  • Old Bear

    Do you its time for the other states to find a place for there own trash instead of the good old state of maine.

  • Anonymous

    Good. Maine’s solid waste hierarchy puts landfills at the bottom and recycling at the top, which is as it should be. Casella’s always trying make landfills #1, and it’s good to see that they failed.

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