Garbage-to-energy proposal dies

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By Damon Lawrence

Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry and County Executive Ron Woody said a company that planned to turn garbage into electricity is no longer seeking a site in the Plateau Partnership Park.

The park is a joint venture between Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties.

Alternative Engineering Solutions LLC met with officials from the three counties at Roane State Community College on May 28.

“I guess the next day or so, they chose not to enter into any negotiations with that Plateau board,” Woody said.

Berry said he wanted to hear more from the company.

“I did agree with them on the fact that 10 or 15 years from now garbage is going to be a real problem, a costly problem,” he said. “It would have been nice to have another session or two.”

Jason Perry, one of the company representatives, said the facility would smell, and he wouldn’t “necessarily want us in my backyard.”

“That’s the kind of thing that you got to worry about with those folks out there,” Berry said. “That’s why I asked how many trucks a day.”

Perry and his associate, Leon Lawson, said anywhere from 10 to 20 trucks would visit the facility each day to drop off garbage.

“I can’t imagine you could do it on 20 trucks a day and have enough garbage to run your facility,” Berry said. “I was thinking 50 or 75 or 100 trucks a day would be necessary.”

Perry didn’t respond to a question by press time Tuesday.

Kevin Laster is listed as the contact person in an Alternative Engineering Solutions booklet that was handed out at the meeting.

He responded, “No comment,” on Tuesday, when asked if the company was no longer interested in locating in the industrial park.