What’s next for closed Hartford trash plant? Officials say future still uncertain.

The City Council last week unanimously passed a resolution calling on MIRA to “present an exit plan to the council” regarding the plant, which was closed this summer. MIRA President Tom Kirk said he was aware of the resolution, but had already submitted an exit plan to the relevant authority, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Paul Copleman, a DEEP spokesperson, said the state agency is reviewing the proposal. For decades, MIRA and its predecessor the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, operated the trash-to-energy plant, gathering garbage from Hartford and neighboring towns. Kirk said MIRA is in a “holding pattern” with the plant since the state declined to give MIRA more money to operate the facility. The plant shut down in July, but is still being staffed by MIRA as the company waits for the next steps of the decommissioning process to unfold.


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