October 5, 2017
CT Green Guide

MIRA, MDC settle long-running plant dispute

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The Mid-Connecticut plant in Hartford.

The state's waste disposal and recycling agency will pay $8.3 million to the Metropolitan District (MDC) to settle a long-running legal dispute over a trash-plant operating contract that spanned nearly three decades.

In arbitration since 2009, the dispute between MDC and the Materials and Recycling Authority (MIRA) related to MDC's operation of MIRA's Mid-Connecticut project from 1984 to 2011.

MIRA, previously called the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, accused MDC in 1999 of overcharging the agency for the operating contract to the tune of $1 million per year.

A previous lawsuit and mediation had failed to resolve the dispute.

"MDC and MIRA are both pleased that this matter has been resolved on equitable terms," the two quasi-public entities said in a statement this week.

They said the settlement covers project costs, including future retiree pension and future retiree medical costs.

MIRA will pay MDC out of its waste-to-energy plant's reserve fund, which means none of the municipalities that use the plant will be required to pay extra, MIRA said.

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