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Waste Board Members Have Ties To Reventure

Four members of Mecklenburg County's Waste Management Advisory Board apparently have conflicts of interest regarding the controversial ReVenture waste-to-energy project. The county attorney is now reviewing the county's conflict-of-interest rules, the Charlotte Observer reports. The Observer's story says the rules approved by county commissioners in 2002 say members of county boards, committees and commissions "shall completely withdraw from any discussion or consideration" of any action in which they have an interest. However, the waste board's bylaws don't address conflicts-of-interest. It up to the board to authorize a contract with Reventure, which plans to turn 370,000 tons of household waste into energy. Two board members work for a company that does work for Reventure. The other conflicts have not been revealed. You can read the rest of the story here. Also, here are some links to some recent WFAE stories on the Reventure project: New Trash-To-Electricity Plant Likely To Be State - Not Local - Responsibility Strong Support For Trash-To-Electricity Plan At City Council Trash-To-Energy Plant Moving Ahead In Meck Co Plan To Make Power From Trash Faces Skeptics