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ReVenture will no longer burn county trash. Opinions differ on whether that’s a good thing (access required)

ReVenture Park’s plan to burn Mecklenburg County’s trash to produce electricity has gone up in flames. In a city that’s trying to diversify its economy from one focused mostly on banking, the loss of a project that would have generated ...

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Outdoor ad industry sees hopeful sign in legislature (access required)

Kevin Madrzykowski, general manager for Adams Outdoor Advertising in Charlotte, says he hears it from his clients daily: complaints about trees growing in front of billboards. The foliage gone wild makes it hard for motorists to see the advertisements, which ...

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Industry officials bash regulations during hearing (access required)

In 2005, the state Division of Water Quality slapped Karla Knotts and her husband’s Pineville-based real estate brokerage company, Knotts-Greylock, with a $57,816 fine. The basis for the fine: A tire rut in their Greylock subdivision development in Matthews. In ...

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Board calls for outside firm to ‘bring credibility’ to ReVenture review

Saying the review process for the ReVenture park energy plant “has been compromised by local political and financial interests,” the Mecklenburg County Waste Management Advisory Board wants an internationally known waste-management firm to study the proposed project. On Tuesday, the ...

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Waste management board adopts conflict of interest policy

The Mecklenburg County Waste Management Advisory Board today adopted the county commissioners’ conflict of interest policy after conflicts of interest concerns arose regarding the ReVenture Park plant. County attorney Marvin Bethune told the WMAB to continue weighing the pros and cons of the ...

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Advisers face scrutiny over project ties (access required)

It’s a question of conflicts of interest. On the one hand, some are wondering why two people employed by Calor Energy, a consultant for developers of a proposed plant that would burn Mecklenburg County’s trash, are allowed to sit on ...

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Future of ReVenture Park permit hearings unclear

In a revelation that is angering environmentalists, the state is not required to hold public hearings before it awards an air-quality permit for ReVenture Park’s controversial waste-to-energy plant proposed for western Mecklenburg County. That doesn’t mean there won’t be any ...

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Nonprofit wants to plant green-minded residents near river (access required)

The Catawba River generates electricity, fuels the Charlotte-area economy and provides a place to play and drinking water for most of Charlotte, Mount Holly and Belmont — all with little fanfare. Even the land surrounding the river has yet to ...

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Advisory board learns about power plant technology

The ReVenture Park Advisory Council met today to hear from a North Carolina businessman involved in research and development of the type of technology that is likely to be used in the proposed 30-megawatt renewable-energy biomass power plant planned for western Mecklenburg ...

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Movers and shakers back visionary’s ‘Sustain Charlotte’ (access required)

Shannon Binns’ message isn’t new, but he’s hoping how he delivers it and who helps him will make people take notice. But first he has to get the Charlotte community, particularly the business community, to financially back his vision, a ...

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