Fairfax Chamber Opposes Incinerator Purchase

photoAs the county board prepares to vote on the proposed purchase of the Lorton incinerator, Fairfax Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jim Corcoran restated the Chamber’s opposition to the plan.

“Next Tuesday, March 29, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will decide whether or not to borrow and spend $418 million to purchase the I-95 incinerator resource recovery facility from the private company, Covanta Fairfax.

“The decision to weigh in on this debate was simple for the Fairfax Chamber. For more than 85 years, the Chamber has been a champion for a vibrant and free market; promoting business, economic vitality and a high quality of life in Fairfax County. This decision made by the Board on Tuesday will set the stage and tone for future public-private partnerships.  The Chamber has been and will remain opposed to any plan involving the purchase of the incinerator.”

Corcoran said there is a clear choice between extending the agreement with Covanta, which he called the most cost-effective solution, and buying the facility, “thereby providing more control over the trash market to County staff at the expense of citizens and businesses.”

“Unfortunately, it appears the process to evaluate options has been undermined by the County staff’s desire to buy the Covanta facility in order to establish total control of the trash market in Fairfax County,” Corcoran said.  “Further, it appears that the members of the Board of Supervisors have been provided little in the way of objective information from which to base their decision. This is one more indication among many to the business community that Fairfax County’s procurement, competitive bid and competitive negotiations processes are flawed.”

 

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