Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 8:30am
Landfill gas to power proposed Del. sewage plant
Wilmington city officials say a proposed sewage treatment plant will cut electricity costs.
A final City Council vote could come as early as June 21 for the $39 million proposal, which includes a 20-year, no-bid construction and operating contract for the project's designers, Honeywell International.
The plant would burn landfill gas and sludge vapors to produce electricity. The plant would also produce heat to dry sewage sludge, which can be used as a fertilizer or fuel for cement kilns.
The city had operated a recycling facility that mixed sludge with power plant coal ash. However, the facility never found large-scale buyers and state environmental regulators eventually refused to renew its permit. Delaware Secretary of the Environment Collin O'Mara says the proposed plant is a good solution.
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