Potential lawsuits are brewing in Lake County's trash-to-ethanol saga, according to a motion by solid waste officials and statements from the developer who had contracted to build and operate the plant.
Some Lake County solid waste officials said they are just as concerned by the legal risks of preserving the controversial trash-to-ethanol contract as the litigation that could result from canceling it.
A few days after Earl Powers pledged to county solid waste officials that financing for the trash-to-ethanol plant was all but locked up, he offered to sell his interest in the project, a Powers' business associate confirmed.
Some county solid waste officials remain unconvinced trash-to-ethanol developer Powers Energy of America will secure financing from a major U.S. oil company.
Lake County solid waste officials have an opportunity Thursday night either to stand firm on a deadline for a would-be trash-to-ethanol developer to secure financing or grant yet another in a long line of extensions.
As the next deadline nears for developer Earl Powers to prove he's making progress on the proposed trash-to-ethanol plant, it's now clear that Powers hasn't made much progress in the years since he signed the contract with the Lake County Solid Waste Management District.
Earl Powers holds a license to use a chemical company's trash-to-ethanol process but has not yet closed on a deal for the blueprints, a Lake County solid waste attorney said.
CROWN POINT | The executive director of Lake County's solid waste district — criticized by some of his elected bosses and a state audit for past credit card expenditures — will have an opportunity to recommend changes to the district's policy for plastic.
The Lake County Solid Waste Management District could avoid potential litigation — but invite other legal problems — if the trash-to-ethanol contract dies between now and April 2.
If the company contracted to build Lake County's trash-to-ethanol plant can't show the project is making progress, Lake County solid waste officials "may consider appropriate action."
The Lake County solid waste district claims it has little or no information a political critic has requested regarding possible financing of the proposed trash-to-ethanol plant.
Following two years of studies, debate and public controversy, proponents of a planned trash-to-ethanol plant in Schneider have yet to apply for environmental permits or break ground.
An inflated director's salary, bloated budget and trash-to-ethanol controversy of the Lake County Solid Waste Management District are helping motivate a move to reform such agencies statewide, a downstate senator says.
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