Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Peter B. Schwartz, Marshall District Supervisor

January 9, 2009

Staff Lead:


Paul S. McCulla, County Administrator

County Administration


A Resolution Authorizing the County Administrator to Execute a Non-Binding Letter of Intent with Europlasma Relating to a Comprehensive Review of the County’s Municipal Solid Waste Stream and the Conducting of a Waste to Energy Project Feasibility Study on Behalf of the County and Europlasma.


Topic Description:

The County continues to work with vendors in its waste to energy project.  Currently, the County entered into discussions with Europlasma, a European company, which proposes to build a waste to energy plant which would create energy by the combustion of the County’s municipal solid waste through a plasma induction process.  After initial discussion, it appears that a more detailed study of the County’s waste stream and that portion of the waste stream that Europlasma can accept and use is necessary for both parties to determine whether this project is economically feasible.  It is proposed that the County and Europlasma enter into a non-binding letter of intent stating both parties’ interest in going forward into the study section of this project.  The attached resolution, if adopted, would authorize the County Administrator to execute a non-binding letter of intent.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.


Financial Impacts Analysis:

Should the County execute the non-binding letter of intent and seek to analyze its waste stream and Europlasma’s use of that waste stream, engineering services may be required.  Should the parties go forward after that date into a procurement process, specialized legal counsel and engineering services would be required.


Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:


Fauquier County Department of Environmental Services

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