As a little kid, I remember sitting on my grandparent’s front porch and looking about a block away at the Sprout Waldron machinery manufacturing plant. For Muncy, Pennsylvania, this was a great employer that had been formed in 1895; so it was counted on in the community.
It’s where family members worked and some even retired from the company. Then the company was sold and ultimately an Austrian company named Andritz took over the plant and moved into the feed and bio-fuel sector.
Once those buildings became vacant, residents wondered what employer might move in next. Why am I writing about this? Because this becomes a story of jobs versus community. Here’s what I mean.
Delta Thermal Energy now wants to move a waste-to-energy business right into those vacant buildings; In a residential neighborhood near downtown Main Street. It would be in the old Andritz building. Sounds like jobs for Muncy, right? (The Luminary September 14, 2016)
So here’s a picture of their meeting with the community.
Why does everyone looked concerned?
Residents are concerned about a waste to energy incinerator that would be located in a residential section within blocks of both the high school and elementary school. Plus, this “garbage” business would fall within a designated flood plain… a recipe for a major problem.
Basically, the business would take municipal waste and sewage sludge and turn it into steam for electricity. What could go wrong? It has been pitched as providing 30 new jobs to the area. That’s why City Council is not ruling it out.
Apart from the possibility of what could happen in a flood plain, 204 tons of fuel or trash would be needed each day. That means that garbage would be brought in from urban areas, increasing the traffic from large trucks. Then, add the odor and vermin problems.
The only reason I write about this in the blog, is because this is an example of why Americans are mad. Some corporation is pitching this idea to a small town with all of these possible problems. In the meantime, they have no other plants like this in the United States. They are trying to reassure residents, based on their plants in Germany and Japan.
As a lawyer, I look at this… and I think I can see the train coming down the track. How much influence can this foreign corporation exercise over the small town of Muncy. Is the creation of 30 jobs worth that? That’s why people are mad at corporate America!
After reading that, I needed something to bring me some humor: