Seattle hopes to send food waste across pass

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Associated Press

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM

CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle City Council is expected to vote soon on a contract that would send much of the city's food and yard waste to a proposed compost plant in Kittitas County. However, residents there are concerned about possible impacts including odor and traffic.

Kittitas County head planner Robert Hansen told concerned neighbors this week that the project planned southeast of Cle Elum "is nowhere near ready to go."

The Seattle Times (http://is.gd/Qz5RnB ) says Hansen recently asked PacifiClean, the company building the project, to address a number of concerns. The newspaper says the company has yet to respond but says it plans to.

Seattle Public Utilities officials say they don't expect an extended delay, although Director Ray Hoffman acknowledges that community concerns could slow the project. The city has negotiated with PacifiClean to send 60 percent of Seattle's organic waste to Kittitas County.

Under terms of contracts the city council is to consider Monday, the remaining 40 percent would go to an existing plant near Stanwood. The city produced about 100,000 tons of such waste in 2012.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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