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Oregon WTE Facility May Get Renewable Energy Status

Oregon lawmakers are giving Covanta’s waste-to-energy (WTE) facility in Marion County another chance to be treated as a renewable energy source.

According to a Salem Reporter article, State Rep. Brian Clem confirmed that a proposal is in the works to deem the WTE facility as a renewable energy source when lawmakers convene their short legislative session in February.

If passed, the legislation would allow Covanta to sell some of its electricity at a premium. Without it, the report notes, officials claim they’d have to charge Marion County higher disposal fees or close the facility altogether.

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