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Assembly evaluates a pair of proposals

Posted: Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Two presentations at a work session on Monday gave the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole some insight into some future decisions to be made.

Paul Burns, Waste Management's director of disposal operations for the Pacific Northwest region, gave an overview of two new operations the company is undergoing in other parts of the world and how they could benefit the Juneau landfill.

S4 Energy Solutions uses a patented plasma gratification technology to produce liquid fuels and other energy sources from waste, while Enerkem converts landfill gases to diesel fuels plus other wastes into power sources.

He presented these updates to Waste Management to encourage continued partnership with Juneau. He said these could be used as part of the landfill with CBJ's help after the technologies have been established.

"Because it's on a smaller scale, the S4 would be the more likely course for Juneau," said Burns.

Burns said the S4 pilot project is being constructed in Oregon. He said he hopes it will be completed by the end of the year, after which it would take six months to a year to determine the costs of operation and fine-tune the technology.

He said after this pilot process it could be something to bring before the Assembly for local construction.

On discussions of waste issues, deputy city manager Kim Kiefer said she has turned in an application for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for Refuse Service to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. She said the Regulatory Commission of Alaska informed her some information was missing, so she will go over the application to correct it.

She added that Arrow Refuse requested a meeting after the application was sent.

If granted the application, CBJ will gain rights to trash pickup, which is currently done exclusively by Arrow.

Also at the work session, Kirk Duncan, general manager of Eaglecrest Ski Area, addressed the Assembly on bidding to bring the 2014 Arctic Winter Games to Juneau. He said the benefits go beyond sports to include increased revenues, building needed infrastructure, community unity and promotion for Juneau.

Assembly members expressed concerns over the investments required, which could exceed $10 million if a new ice area is to be built, and that the schedule could conflict with the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Duncan said he would have further numbers by Sept. 13, after which time the Assembly will decide if it will bid.

If the Assembly bids, the deadline is Oct. 15.

• Contact Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com



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