Trash-to-Ethanol Saga Marked by Constant Change, Missed Deadlines
by Marc Chase (Northwest Indiana Times) With new owners possibly on the horizon for the proposed Schneider trash-to-ethanol plant, some Lake County waste officials say it is the perpetuation of a four-year-old game of musical chairs.
The proposed purchase of the Powers Energy of America project by a consortium of region construction contractors has been hailed by some Lake County Solid Waste Management District board members as a sign of new life for the troubled project.
But some board members, including officials who previously supported the plan, see it as another in a long line of changes and inconsistencies that have plagued the proposal even before the district signed a contract with Powers Energy in November 2008.
…Some of the change has been seen as good by some waste district board members and municipal leaders — including the removal of contract language that would have made taxpayers the owners of the commercially unproven facility. READ MORE