SC legislators discuss trash to power legislation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators are discussing plans to allow a proposed garbage incinerator that will generate power.

A Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee on Wednesday is discussing changes to the state's waste management law to include waste-to-energy facilities.

The measure also would change how much garbage can be handled at a single facility. Current law limits landfills to 600 tons a day. But New Jersey-based Covanta Energy Corp. says it needs 1,600 tons daily to make money from the incinerator it wants to build in Chester County.

Covanta says it needs approval quick to beat a federal deadline for alternative energy incentives and won't commit to building the plant without them.

Environmental groups say the plant will end up importing trash from the Northeast.

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