Dragon expects rifle range waste project to move forwardDEP receives four bids
Augusta — Four bids proposing to process 27,000 tons of waste from a former rifle range in Warren have been submitted to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
The deadline to submit bids was Sept. 18.
According to Michael Parker, environmental specialist with DEP, the bidders were Farley & Son, Inc. of Rockport; S.J. Clisham, Inc. of Winterport;Triumvirate Environmental, Inc. of Somerville, Mass.; and the University of Maine.
The process now will be to collectively review and score the bids received, Parker said Sept. 19.
Parker had previously said it is not necessarily a done deal that the waste will go to Dragon Products to be used as an alternative fuel, but that is the most likely solution to cleaning up the former R.D. Outfitters rifle range on Route 90 in Warren.
The request for proposals put out by the state named Dragon specifically as it is the closest and only licensed facility in the area to receive the material, said Ray Degrass, plant manager at Dragon.
Bidders also had the option of submitting proposals to remove the fiber from the site and find another beneficial use for it that does not involve Dragon.
Should the fiber materials be used at the Thomaston plant, it would need to be shredded to no more than 6-inch strips and Dragon would need to install equipment to feed it into the plant, according to Parker.
"We are still on track to appropriate funds to receive the material," said Degrass Sept. 19.
Degrass said it will be several months before Dragon will be in a position to receive the material, as the equipment needs to be constructed and installed. The equipment will enable the material to be uniformly metered into the current process at a consistent rate, so it will become a substitution for the current petroleum coke and cut-up tire source.
Processing and transportation of the material between the landfill and Dragon is a crucial component.
"That is the part we haven't figured out yet," said Degrass.
Although he suspects there will be some decisions made in a short period of time, Degrass also noted that Dragon is closed January and February because a slow down in construction. He suggested the process will not go into play until next spring.
"I fully expect we will be going forward with the project," said Degrass.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.
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