ReVenture developer scales back Mountain Island Lake proposal

CHARLOTTE – Forsite Development Inc., the company trying to build a garbage-to-electricity plant at a former Superfund toxic waste site on Mountain Island Lake, has notified county officials that it plans to scale back its proposal.

Forsite had proposed building a 20-megawatt facility, but in a May 23 letter to the Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, the company said it plans to reduce the electrical output of the facility by half – to 10 megawatts. As a result, Foresite has withdrawn its request to use county residential waste as a fuel source and will cancel its proposal to dispose of its leftover residential waste in the Foxhole Landfill in south Charlotte.

On April 5, Mecklenburg County commissioners approved a request from the environmental services staff to pay for an independent feasibility study of ReVenture and to include Foxhole Landfill as an option for disposal of residual waste from the plant. After receiving Forsite’s letter, Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Director Bruce Gledhill has recommended that commissions cancel the study.

Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the recommendation during their regular June 7 meeting.
The county had considered ReVenture as an option for  its household waste disposal needs beyond July 1, 2012, but is now in negotiations for a multi-year waste disposal contract with its current waste-disposal provider, Republic Services Inc., which runs the Speedway Landfill in Cabarrus County. Under such an agreement, the Foxhole Landfill would continue to receive only construction and demolition waste for the duration of the new contract.

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