Renewable Power calls back prior employees
Detroit Renewable Power LLC (DRP) is calling
back 91 workers who had been temporarily laid off as a result
of actions of the previous owners of the Detroit energy-from-waste
The call back is part of a systematic plan for restarting the
facility to insure the highest standards of operation. A total
of approximately 130 workers are expected to be called back once
the EFW plant resumes full operations.
The EFW plant was closed in October and its workers laid off
by the prior owners. The plant was purchased November 16 by DRP
parent company, Detroit Renewable Energy LLC (DRE) in a $50 million
investment in Detroit that also included Detroit Thermal, LLC,
the owner and operator of Detroit’s district energy underground
steam system along the Woodward Corridor from the riverfront
to New Center-Midtown. The companies operate as independent subsidiaries
DRP has already conducted extensive surveys of existing conditions
as part of its restart program to improve efficiencies in how
the plant operates, according to Maier.
EFW plant enhancements include:
- Improvements to the area that receives waste from collection
trucks for more efficient separation and processing of trash,
and better prevention of odors escaping from the plant.
- Upgrading and adding new “continuous monitoring systems”
to meet or exceed Michigan and Federal environmental standards
and permits, including new EPA standards.
- Internal improvements for employee work, break and locker
areas as part of a plant-wide program to enhance the employee
quality of life, and emphasize working safety as a primary standard.