CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Economic Development Authority showed support for Entsorga West Virginia Thursday, which helps the Berkeley County solid waste facility continue operations of its project, the group's executive director said.
David Warner said the bond inducement resolution EDA board members approved at its monthly meeting Thursday would cover the money Entsorga spends now -- on legal and engineering work to secure permits -- and the company would pay it off later.
The EDA expects to reimburse Entsorga for capital expenditures, including construction, design and equipment, for up to $19.3 million.
The state Public Service Commission approved a certificate of need application from Entsorga May 11.
The $19 million mechanical-biological treatment facility would recycle municipal solid waste, such as food waste and other biodegradable items, and turn it into solid refuse fuel, which could be use to replace traditional fuels.
The PSC said in its May 11 order that the facility is "innovative and unique to West Virginia."
The company is located in Tortona, Italy, but has been working with the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority since 2009.
Entsorga will lease four acres from the county solid waste authority. The PSC said in its order that the company is not a typical solid waste facility because "it will accept municipal solid waste and produce a final product that is sold and used to produce energy."
"The proposed facility's [mechanical-biological treatment] technology has proven successful elsewhere, particularly throughout Europe," the Commission wrote in its order. "There is no hazardous waste, incineration or combustion involved in the MBT process."
Entsorga anticipates that 80 to 100 percent of the waste it accepts and processes will be from sources in the state.
Much of its waste stream will come from local waste haulers in Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties, all which are located in an area called Wasteshed E.