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County Waste Advisors Want Expert Opinion on ReVenture

"We're out of our depth" is the essence of the message to emerge from Tuesday's meeting of the Mecklenburg County Waste Management Advisory Board. The 15-member panel was tasked with deciding whether or not to recommend the county should sign a contract with a private company trying to build a waste-burning power plant. After several months of deliberation and a controversy over conflicts of interest among members, the advisory board opted instead to call for an independent review of the Reventurre proposal from "an internationally respected firm with no local ties is required to bring credibility back to this decision." According to the Charlotte Business Journal: The panel also noted in its recommendation that the ReVenture team has 'a lack of experience in end-to-end waste management expertise to credibly represent the scope and long-term impacts of the project. ReVenture wants Mecklenburg County to pay about $200 million over 20 years for all of the county's household waste into electricity, rather than sending it to the landfill. Opponents worry about the effect ReVenture plant will have on water and air quality. The decision to approve the ReVenture contract is now up to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. Read more from the Charlotte Business Journal here.