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Biddeford incinerator close to shutting down

Published 2:49 pm, Sunday, December 30, 2012

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Biddeford officials say a controversial industrial trash incinerator is closing down this week following 25 years of complaints about odor, pollution and truck traffic.

When the Maine Energy Recovery Co. plants shuts down for good, Mayor Alan Casavant says it will usher in a new era of economic development for the city.

The city is buying the trash-to-energy plant from Casella Waste Systems, which will dismantle the plant and clean up the riverfront property it’s located on. Only the smokestack will remain, with the city renting space on it to cellphone companies.

City officials and developers tell the Maine Sunday Telegram ( ) they’ve seen an increase in the number of businesses and people interested in investing in Biddeford since the sale was announced.

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