Trash stored outdoors amid garbage plant breakdown


HARTFORD — Environmental regulators say a Connecticut garbage plant stored tons of garbage outdoors in violation of state permits.

The Hartford Courant reports the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection ordered the operators of the Hartford plant Friday to move dozens of containers of partially processed trash back inside.

The facility collects trash and recycling from area communities and converts it into electricity. It hasn’t been able to burn refuse since Nov. 5 after its two turbines failed.

Thomas Kirk, head of the state’s Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority, says they are moving the containers back inside.

He says they hope to have one turbine back in operation by the end of the month.

Trash has been hauled to landfills out of state at an estimated cost of more than $1.1 million.