Wheelabrator Claremont announces plans to close
The trash incinerator located on Grissom Lane drew controversy in a battle with some residents who said the Wheelabrator smokestack emits toxic pollutants into the air.
“Several factors led to this difficult business decision including economic conditions in both the waste and energy markets and a constrained transportation network in the remote region of New Hampshire near the Vermont border as well (as) a lack of economies of scale inherent in a small power plant operating at a fraction of the size of Wheelabrator’s 16 other waste-to-energy facilities,” Nadeau said.
In addition, Wheelabrator is working with local and state agencies to assist the employees, including the New Hampshire Work Center’s Rapid Response Team, the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, and the New Hampshire Department of Resource and Economic Development as well as the Vermont Department of Labor.
City Manager Guy Santagate said he was surprised at the news of the closing.
“It’s a private company that we thought has done well, but I guess in recent years they’ve had more issues than we’ve been aware of,” Santagate said.
Santagate said the job losses are a concern, but added there are some in town that welcome the closing.
Earlier this year about 30 area residents appealed Wheelabrator’s state permit to operate before the Air Resources Council.
Wheelabrator maintained the plant provided dependable energy and environmentally safe disposal of waste.
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