EPA, Fort Lauderdale At Odds Over Closed Composting Plant

Date: September 5, 2002

Source: News Room

After malfunctioning from its beginnings, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida composting plant was shut down, and has remained closed for the last 12 years. Now it is the focus of a fight between the city of Fort Lauderdale and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is seeking $14.3 million that helped build the plant, arguing that the city's failure to operate it violated the terms of its grant. Fort Lauderdale officials are not willing to pay, saying they had done the best they could with experimental technology the EPA had forced the city to use. Instead, the city wants the EPA's permission to sell the plant and its 28-acre site.

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