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Wasteful endeavors?

Some officials throughout the country say they have learned the grass isn't always greener when it comes to alternative methods of disposing of municipal garbage.

March 24, 2013 12:00 am
Not your grandfather's landfills

Not your grandfather's landfills

With at least 20 years of existing capacity at Northwest Indiana landfills -- and room for expansion well beyond that -- there is no need to hit the panic button.

March 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Some see federal ruling as opportunity to revisit canceling trash-to-ethanol contract

A recent federal ruling paints a picture of the national alternative-fuels scene that closely mirrors what Lake County has experienced for four years in its trash-to-ethanol plan: lots of promises and no results.

February 03, 2013 12:00 am

Potential legal issues abound in trash-to-ethanol contract

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.

August 29, 2012 7:15 pm

Powers passes 1st benchmark

Lake County's trash-to-ethanol saga will continue — at least another 30 days — after solid waste district officials decided developer Earl Powers satisfied two benchmarks toward filling a perceived breach in his contract.

May 17, 2012 9:45 pm

Ethanol plant delays distilling distrust

One Lake County solid waste board member is asking for a legal review of the county's trash-to-ethanol contract to identify possible "out clauses."

October 23, 2011 12:00 am
Trash-to-ethanol controversy swirls

Trash-to-ethanol controversy swirls

Lake County municipal leaders and solid waste officials spent much of 2010 debating the potential liability to taxpayers that public ownership of a planned trash-to-ethanol facility would create.

December 26, 2010 12:00 am Related
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