AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is seeking proposals for the transformation of approximately 27,000 tons of carpet-like fiber into an alternative fuel for industrial boilers or other beneficial use.
Earlier this month, the DEP issued a request for proposals to have the carpet-like fiber posing a serious fire hazard to be removed from a shooting range in Warren and turned into an alternative fuel or other beneficial use.
Roughly 80 percent of shot and sound containment material bought for a large-scale update to a 70-acre shooting range remains uncovered because the project was never completed. Through court action, DEP secured access to remediate the site because of concerns to public health. The waste, polyester and polypropylene carpet-like fiber, is stable, does not decompose and it does not generate leachate or odors, although it poses a fire risk.
The proposal has three options for bidders: to convert 27,000 tons of fiber material into a suitable alternative fuel by Dragon Products in Thomaston or other industrial facilities; include the option for the transportation of the processed material to Dragon Products; or submit a proposal that would result in the removal and beneficial reuse of fiber material from the site.
There will be a bidder conference at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the site in Warren. Bidders may submit written questions to the DEP until Aug. 26, and proposals are due at 2 p.m. Sept. 18.