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Metro May Trash Plan To Burn Portland-area's Garbage


A picker grabs garbage at the Covantas waste=to-energy garbage incinerator in Brooks, Oregon. Metro staff are recommending the agency not burn the Portland-areas garbage. 

A picker grabs garbage at the Covantas waste=to-energy garbage incinerator in Brooks, Oregon. Metro staff are recommending the agency not burn the Portland-areas garbage. 

Jonathan House/The Portland Tribune

Metro’s plan to burn much of the Portland-area’s garbage at an incinerator in Marion County appears headed for the trash heap.

After reviewing a 211-page Health Impact Assessment commissioned by Metro, the regional government’s staff now recommends that the project be tabled.

“We came to the conclusion that we just weren’t seeing the benefit from greenhouse gas emissions to justify the cost,” said Ken Ray, a Metro spokesman who works on solid waste issues.

The elected Metro Council will consider the staff recommendation at an Aug. 8 work session.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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