Trash To Ethanol
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.
You would think $5 million a year could buy a lot.
Well, I figured if I waited long enough the worm would turn.
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?
You've got to get up pretty early to stay ahead of those boys down in south Lake County. They are smooth operators.
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.
It appears the idea of government existing to create jobs is alive and well in Lake County
Watch for the blame game to begin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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