The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 12, 1999


State offsets costs for NESWC retrofit

On October 27, the state awarded $3 million to the 23 communities of the North East Solid Waste Committee (NESWC) to help defray the cost of installing new air pollution control devices at the committee's North Andover waste-to-energy plant. The money for this assistance comes from the FY99 Capital Expenditure Supplemental Budget passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.

As one of the 23 communities that belong to NESWC, Carlisle will receive $28,557. The awards are based on the percentage of trash each community contributes to the facility.

"The economic relief provided by this funding is vital to the NESWC communities, but it is by no means the only benefit," said Bob Durand, Secretary of Environmental Affairs. Durand, who presented NESWC with the award, added, "This will, among other things, reduce the emissions of mercury from this facility by more than 85 percent, bringing cleaner air to all of our citizens."

NESWC was formed by the state in the 1980s as part of an effort to replace unlined landfills with waste-to-energy facilities. The service agreements run through September 2005. The facility, owned and operated by Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc,. became operational in 1985. The NESWC communities currently pay an average trash disposal fee of more than $95 per ton, among the highest in the country.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito