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December 2007

Covanta operates energy facility

Covanta Holding Corporation has begun operating the first energy-from-waste unit built under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New Source Performance Standards.

The new unit expands the Lee County Resource Recovery facility, owned by Lee County, Florida, and allows the County to convert an additional 636 tons of municipal waste every day into 18 megawatts of electricity. Prior to the $120-million expansion, the facility had processed more than 4 million tons of waste in two 600-ton per day combustion units and generated enough electricity to power 26,000 homes.

Five years ago, Lee County decided to expand the facility to meet the increased waste disposal needs of its growing community. The County approved the new combustion unit, which increases the facility’s capacity to convert municipal waste into renewable energy by over 50 percent.

Working with Lee County, Covanta oversaw the expansion project. Covanta operates and maintains the facility under a long-term contract with the County.