Ensuring affordable, long term, and environmentally sound disposal of MSW

In his first town hall meeting, Van Naarden mentioned barges with sludge from New York City looking for places to bring sludge. He said, “We eliminate that need.” Does that mean he wants to bring NYC sludge to Maine?

No. He was using that as an example of how difficult and how universal the problem of sludge disposal has become. DTE’s technology, which has been used in other countries may find an application here in Maine, provided it meets Maine environmental laws and standards, but as he stated during the April 28th meeting, the Hampden plant will operate using Fiberight technology, the only technology for which the plant is permitted.

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