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Wheelabrator Burns Last Trash Load in Claremont

Claremont — The Wheelabrator incinerator on Grissom Lane stopped burning trash on Sunday, ending 26 years of operation for the waste-to-energy plant that began in 1987.

Wheelabrator had announced in late July that it was closing the plant for economic reasons.

Plant manager John LaRiviere said yesterday the company will now begin cleaning up the facility under a plan approved by the Department of Environmental Services.

He also said there has been no decision by the company on what it will do with the plant after it shuts down.

“Still looking at all options,” LaRiviere said in an email.

Though it is no longer burning trash, the five-year operating permit for the incinerator, which received conditional approval from the DES, is being opposed by a group of residents who want the permit revoked.

The Air Resources Council of DES is considering an appeal of the permit but has yet to rule.