Plasco Energy's Trail Rd. facility in Ottawa.
By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun
If council pulls the plug on its partnership with Plasco Energy Group, it will burn 10 years of work trying to back a made-in-Ottawa solution to the world’s garbage problems.
But patience has clearly worn thin at City Hall.
Beacon Hill-Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney indicated he might present a motion to council this month to end the city’s relationship with Plasco, rather than waiting until a discussion scheduled for later in February.
“I think this council wants a clean slate,” Tierney said Monday.
Council’s environment committee will discuss the Plasco agreement Feb. 17.
The company has failed to show it has financing in place to build a commercial plant that meets the city’s requirements.
Capital Coun. David Chernushenko, chairman of the environment committee, said council should still listen to Plasco’s explanation, though he understands why some of his colleagues are frustrated.
“They were given a long and patient opportunity to show their technology could work and now we need to explore other options,” Chernushenko said.
“We have to treat them as one of other potential suitors.”
Council in February is also expected to see the results of a request for information from other innovative waste-processing companies.
The city posted the notice Monday and set a Feb. 5 deadline for responses.