Rockland residents weigh in on proposed trash-to-fuel site

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Dozens attended a Rockland County Environmental Committee meeting Thursday night to express concerns over a proposed trash-to-fuel facility.

The project was slated for a parcel of land on Holt Drive in Stony Point, an active Superfund site contaminated by toxic waste. New Planet Energy, a California-based company, planned to build a facility to bring in as much as 4,500 tons of garbage a day to recycle it and possibly turn it into fuel.

After community backlash, the landowner pulled his permit application with the Department of Environmental Conservation, preventing the facility from going to the location. New Planet Energy says it is moving forward with its application and has already identified alternative sites.

Some residents said they'd like to see the project move forward. But Paul Curran, managing director of BQ Energy, proposed creating a solar farm instead.

Nothing was decided at Thursday's meeting. The county is waiting to hear from New Planet Energy in the coming weeks on its plans moving forward.

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