Political considerations part of incinerator debate

Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Meg Tully
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Date Published: 05/04/2009

The 2010 election wasn’t far from the minds of the Frederick County Commissioners when they voted last week to hold off on awarding a contract to build a trash incinerator. Commissioners have considered building an incinerator, also called waste-to-energy, for more than two years. Commissioners plan to investigate alternatives instead. That is, in part, because the incinerator appears to be so politically unpopular it could be overturned by a newly elected board. A plant in Sydney, Australia, was shut down after it was up and running because of public opposition, Commissioners President Jan Gardner told the board last week. Additionally, any decision to approve an incinerator could come back to haunt officials in a future campaign.