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Malloy considers power deal with Conn. trash plant

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm •  Published: April 22, 2013

Bronin said the administration will have to work with state lawmakers to pass legislation this session authorizing such an arrangement.

"We are hopeful that that provides a short-term solution to the challenge so that the state need not prematurely abandon the trash-to-energy model, which has served us well over many years and has the potential I think to serve the state well for many years to come," Bronin said. "But clearly, some deep examination of CRRA and some serious reflection on the future of CRRA is important at this time."

Local officials are worried about the financial consequences for their taxpayers if the Mid-Connecticut Project closes.

"None of us wants to find ourselves in a position where, because of the cost of disposal, we are going to be trucking our garbage, or rail-shipping our garbage out-of-state, to a large landfills with some potential exposure to protracted liabilities down the road when these facilities close," said Lyme First Selectman Ralph Eno.

He said steps need to be taken to make sure that other trash-to-energy plants remain financially viable as well.

"It's not just an issue for the CRRA Mid-Connecticut folks," he said, adding that other trash plants in Connecticut will be subject to the same market conditions once their current energy contracts expire.

This possible electricity deal is the latest CRRA-related matter being considered by the Malloy administration.

The Democrat's budget proposal calls for transferring $30 million from CRRA to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to cover the planned transfer and care of five CRRA landfills to the state. Bronin said the state is in a "very good position to care and control" those landfills, "perhaps at lower costs and perhaps with greater comfort."