Plateau continues to question 'trash to energy'

A company looking to turn a county's trash into a usable energy pitched its idea to counties bordering the plateau Friday, but a presentation earlier this week left some commissioners a little skeptical of its need.

Alternative Energy Solutions hoped to put a facility in Cumberland County to help ease the price they currently pay for disposing of waste. They wanted to put it in a future industrial park called Plateau Partnership Park meant for industry in Roane, Morgan and Cumberland Counties.

In the meeting, Roane County commissioners explained they don't have a need for this service at this time.

"You ask this question to me in the late '80s and early '90s when it seemed like we were having a shortage of landfills, but now we don't have that. There were different regulations that have come on. Roane County, we have a closed landfill but we also have a permitted sale. So we set here and can go into the landfill business anytime we want to," said Ron Woody, Roane County executive.

Mayor Kenneth Carey of Cumberland County says he received a letter from the company Friday morning. It said they were looking to bring their venture to another county in Tennessee.

Kevin Laster with AES said the plateau plan would have involved too many municipalities for them to work with, and the industrial park didn't have the infrastructure needed.


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