Cost could sink Cleveland trash plant

CLEVELAND - A proposal in Cleveland for a trash-to-energy plant could be sunk by rising cost estimates.

But mayoral chief of staff Ken Silliman says the city has not ruled out the idea. He says the city is still pursuing an air emission permit from the state in case the project goes forward.

A city consultant says the project expense would far exceed that of other methods of waste management.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency plans a public hearing on the issue June 12 in Cleveland.

City administrators believed that the $180 million facility would help the city-owned electric utility meet its goals to tap more renewable energy sources.

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