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Trash To Ethanol

EDITORIAL: Langbehn should offer resignation

Jeff Langbehn has served the Lake County Solid Waste Management District for 21 years. The executive director can now best serve the district by resigning.

September 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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WILLIAM NANGLE: Lake's solid waste board is wasting time

WILLIAM NANGLE: Lake's solid waste board is wasting time

You would think $5 million a year could buy a lot.

August 04, 2013 12:00 am
WILLIAM NANGLE: No more flim flam

WILLIAM NANGLE: No more flim flam

Well, I figured if I waited long enough the worm would turn.

March 31, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Stop wasting time on waste solution

Earl Powers' trash-to-ethanol plan sounded good in the same way that Star Trek teleportation sounded good. Maybe someday it would work out, but who really wants to be the test pilot for this new technology?

March 26, 2013 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Niemeyer following in father's footsteps?

RICH JAMES: Niemeyer following in father's footsteps?

You've got to get up pretty early to stay ahead of those boys down in south Lake County. They are smooth operators.

February 03, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Wake up from trash-to-ethanol dream

Once more, the Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors have learned that investors are holding back on funding the waste-to-ethanol project until more is known about the process. Surprised? We didn't think so.

January 24, 2013 12:00 am
WILLIAM NANGLE: Some want government to be an employment agency

WILLIAM NANGLE: Some want government to be an employment agency

It appears the idea of government existing to create jobs is alive and well in Lake County

December 12, 2012 12:00 am
WILLIAM NANGLE: Wake up from lengthy trash-to-ethanol dream

WILLIAM NANGLE: Wake up from lengthy trash-to-ethanol dream

Watch for the blame game to begin.

October 02, 2012 12:00 am

Consortium given more time to buy out Powers, but deal remains uncertain

A consortium of region contractors on Thursday argued it and its potential investors need more time to evaluate whether the trash-to-ethanol process works before taking over the long-stalled project.

September 20, 2012 10:15 pm

More of the same or new hope in trash-to-ethanol saga?

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.

August 17, 2012 1:30 pm

Lake County waste officials to mull termination of Powers contract in executive session

What had been billed as the moment when financiers would potentially endorse Lake County's trash-to-ethanol plan became another in a long line of failures of a would-be developer to produce, some county officials said Thursday.

August 16, 2012 4:59 pm

St. John OKs trash-to-ethanol agreement

ST. JOHN | The Town Council on Thursday approved the interlocal cooperation agreement with the Lake County Solid Waste Management District for the proposed $450 million privately owned trash-to-ethanol plant.

June 28, 2012 11:00 pm

Correction: Source of extent of failure was incorrect

Wednesday's editorial incorrectly attributed to someone else Earl Powers' failure on 12 occasions to obtain financing for a trash-to-ethanol plant. Powers was the one who said that.

May 18, 2012 6:15 am
EDITORIAL: Recognize trash-to-ethanol as the flop it is

EDITORIAL: Recognize trash-to-ethanol as the flop it is

Rick Ryfa speaks April 19 during a Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board discussion on the future of the trash-to-ethanol plant at the Lake County Government Complex in Crown Point. Ryfa has said his patience has run out for developer Earl Powers to prove he can finance the plant.

May 16, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Recognize trash-to-ethanol as the flop it is

EDITORIAL: Recognize trash-to-ethanol as the flop it is

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.

May 16, 2012 12:00 am

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April 19, 2012 10:56 am
Would county be dodging a legal bullet on trash disposal?

Would county be dodging a legal bullet on trash disposal?

Earl Powers planned to buy property on Parrish Avenue in Schneider for his proposed trash-to-ethanol plant, but his option to buy the land expired. Now Powers is running out of time to prove he can build the plant.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am
Lake County dodging a legal bullet on trash disposal?

Lake County dodging a legal bullet on trash disposal?

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.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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As time passes, so does faith in trash-to-ethanol plan, some waste officials

As time began to run out on Lake County's trash-to-ethanol plan last week, so did the faith and confidence of solid waste district officials - both in the project and themselves.

February 06, 2012 3:45 am

As time passes, so does faith in trash-to-ethanol plan, some waste officials

As time began to run out on Lake County's trash-to-ethanol plan last week, so did the faith and confidence of solid waste district officials — both in the project and themselves.

February 04, 2012 11:00 pm
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