Biddeford-Saco Solons Looking Forward To “Exciting Times” And A New “Golden Age” Of Massive Property Tax Increases And Unemployment After Shuttering The Only Industry In Area

Committee meeting. Maine news from the Rumford Meteor

Committee meeting. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorBIDDEFORD — According to a company spokesman, the waste-to-energy incinerator located in Biddeford’s downtown will close by Dec. 31, and the dismantling of the facility will begin soon after. That’s ahead of the scheduled date agreed to in a contract by the City of Biddeford, which is purchasing the Maine Energy Recovery Company property from the facility’s parent company, Casella Waste Systems, Inc., based in Rutland, Vt. “These are exciting times,” said Saco Mayor Mark Johnston, a longtime advocate for the plant’s closure. Health-wise and economically, Biddeford and Saco “have a bright future,” he said. In June, the Biddeford City Council agreed to purchase the Maine Energy Recovery Company incinerator for $6.65 million, paid over 20 years. The facility, which has been in operation for more than 25 years, has been blamed by some for stagnating growth in the twin cities’ centers. (read more at Journal Tribune)