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June 17, 2013

End of the road for landfill's bio-reactor

CLINTON — The county landfill will scrap its bio-reactor. The Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency heard a quote from James Luther Kiln & Dryer on repairing the broken bio-reactor vessel during Thursday's meeting, learning the project could cost as much as $750,000.

The CCASWA put in the bio-reactor in 1999 with the initial idea behind it to create compost material. However, the necessary screening plant was never put in. The vessel has been stuck since Labor Day.

Executive Director of Operations Brad Seward reported two of the three tires must be replaced, along with the surrounding shell sections. The shell sections would cost approximately $60,000.

"Each new tire will approach approximately $200,000 or better, each. We need two," Seward said.

Gear and pinion replacements could cost $50,000, Seward said. Flat spots on the trunnions need to be addressed at a cost of several thousand dollars for the refurbishing . Seward attributed these flat spots to the bio-rector sitting since September.

Seward said Luther estimated labor and the cost of a crane at $200,000.

"We're looking at potentially as much to fix it as we did to set it up," Seward said. "And there's no guarantee."

Clinton Representative Jennifer Graf's motion to "kill" the bio-reactor program passed unanimously. The agency will have to pay to empty the kiln. Camanche representative Trevor Willis suggested they let people bid to remove the bio-reactor for scrap.


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