Borough could consider solid waste incineration

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011

Can the Kenai Peninsula Borough burn its solid waste for energy?

That's not a new question for the borough.

According to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey, the borough had bond issue for incineration in 1987 but it was voted down at that time.

Skyview High School is placed where it is because of the proximity to the landfill in the Soldotna for the possibility of co-incineration, he said.

"They moved Skyview to the location it is now because it fit on the grid," Carey said.

"It wasn't put where it was needed."

Despite the placement of the high school, the co-incineration issue did not pass.

Fast-forward more than a decade and the borough is faced with the same question with a little different twist while in the process of closing down Homer's landfill.

"The question is can we keep an incinerator going full time and power a turbine?" asked Assembly President Gary Knopp. "Many of us think incineration is a viable option and it should be explored."

Carey said the borough could re-examine the issue.

"Certainly, if it was put back on the ballot or if it was determined co-incineration was the way to go, it is up for consideration," he said.

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