Forsite had proposed building a 20-megawatt facility, but in a letter received by LUESA officials today said that it plans to reduce the electrical output of the facility to 10 megawatts. As a result, Foresite has withdrawn its request to use County residential waste as a fuel source and will cancel its proposal to use the Foxhole Landfill as a disposal site for its residual waste.
On April 5, 2011, The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners approved a LUESA request to fund an independent feasibility study of ReVenture and to include Foxhole Landfill as an option for disposal of residual waste from the plant. As of today, Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Director Bruce Gledhill has recommended to the Board that both actions be canceled. The Board is scheduled to discuss the recommendation during their next regular meeting on June 7, 2011.
The County had considered ReVenture as an option for its household waste disposal needs beyond July 1, 2012, but is now in negotiations for a multi-year waste disposal contract with its current waste disposal provider, Republic Services Inc., which runs the Speedway Landfill in Cabarrus County. Under such an agreement, the Foxhole Landfill would continue to receive only construction and demolition waste for the duration of the new contract.