BioHiTech America, the trash to energy company that sought to operate a proposed solid waste facility at Stewart International Airport has dropped its $35-million plan for Stewart and is now seeking another site in Orange County or perhaps elsewhere in this area, said company project director Dennis Soriano.
Soriano said he is looking for another suitable location for the company’s unique microbial digestion system process that’s an “alternative to traditional landfills.”
He has at least one candidate, he said but wouldn’t name it.
New Windsor officials returned $66,000 last week to BioHiTech Global and canceled the sales agreement between the town and BioHiTech Global.
The BioHiTech process depends on biological decay to digest garbage and render odors neutral in the process.
Soriano said while human oversight is key the process is performed by digesting microbial digesters doing most of the work converting the trash to energy.
BioHiTech was unable to fully convince the New Windsor planning board that increased traffic from trucks to and from the airport could be accommodated by the older road system at the airport.
Polluted Washington Lake also became an issue too in developing the current location for BioHiTech because an unnamed stream that feeds polluted Washington Lake also runs under and around the site.
Meanwhile a new BioHiTec plant just this month started operations in Martinsburg, West Virginia.