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Council tries to slow Big Island waste-to-energy plan

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii County Council is trying to put the brakes on an aggressive plan to have a waste-to-energy plant built by 2016.

The council, meeting as the Environmental Management Committee, last week approved a resolution "strongly urging" Mayor Billy Kenoi to consider all alternatives.

Kenoi wants a plant "on the ground" before he leaves office in late 2016. He tells the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that it is an aggressive timeline, but he's confident it can be met.

The county hasn't yet advertised for bids for the project, with the Environmental Management Commission scheduled to get an update Wednesday.

The resolution passed last week urged Kenoi to not limit the county to waste-to-energy options, but also to consider alternatives with an emphasis on composting and mulching.

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