Muskegon County to gain 150 jobs with $50M energy project

A former Muskegon County wastewater plant is the proposed site for a major Brownfield cleanup and the development of several economic ventures including an ethanol production plant and a biomass power plant. The project could bring hundreds of jobs to the area.

According to excerpts from the story:

Whitehall Township will hold a 7 p.m. public hearing Monday night at the township hall on the Brownfield property, or the Silver Creek New Energy Development as it is being called. The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRDA) met last Monday and recommended that the township accept the Brownfield Plan for the former Muskegon County Wastewater site.

“If everything works as planned, all testing will probably be done on the Wastewater site during (the first quarter of) 2009,” said Authority Chairman and Whitehall Township Trustee Tim Ryan. The testing is part of the Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) and Brownfield Work Plan. It is required to determine what cleanup is necessary.

“The county has already done a lot of work on the water,” Ryan said. “They haven’t done much to the ground.”

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