CLAREMONT — The Department of Environmental Services issued the final air emissions operating permit for the Wheelabrator incinerator Tuesday, but the future of the facility remains unclear.
The Wheelabrator Claremont Company closed in September for financial reasons, Michelle Nadeau, spokesperson for Wheelabrator Technologies, said in August.In an email on Wednesday, Nadeau said, “We are pleased with the Title V permit award, and no decision has been made regarding the future operation of the facility.”
The permit for the waste- burning energy company had been under appeal.
The trash incinerator located on Grissom Lane drew controversy last year when some residents, who said the Wheelabrator smokestack emits toxic pollutants, battled its permit reapplication.
The 30 area residents appealed Wheelabrator’s state permit to operate before the Air Resources Council.
Appellants in the case live in Claremont, Charlestown, Cornish, New London, Newport and Unity as well as Vermont.
Wheelabrator maintained the plant provided dependable energy and environmentally safe disposal of waste.
The reissue of the permit allows Wheelabrator to reopen or sell the plant.The 200 ton-per-day waste-to-energy facility closed its doors Sept. 30 after nearly 27 years of operation.
The Title V permit is effective upon issuance and expires on May 31, 2019.