The Covanta plant, behind an abandoned dairy farm—Just because.
After a long and protracted argument over whether or not the Fairfax County government would spend $400 million dollars to "nationalize" the Lorton power generation plant (pictured by the iconic smokestack above), it was decided less than a month ago that the money would most likely be wasted, and that the county would be better served by allowing the private company that built the plant to continue operating it.
Alas, the Washington Post informs us tonight that the Democrats on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are having second thoughts about the deal, and the County will be going back on that freshly-minted agreement:
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors emerged from a closed session Tuesday afternoon with a stunner: Covanta Energy, the company that has operated the Lorton waste-to-energy plant with the county for two decades, has reneged on a handshake deal to extend its operating lease on the $418 million plant, the supervisors said.
The company late Tuesday denied breaking any deal and accused the county of halting talks.
In any event, the impasse threatened to put the county back where it began months ago, when county officials disclosed that they were considering renewal of the public-private operating agreement or buying the plant outright.
“Covanta disagrees with the County’s view that we are no longer willing to stand behind the agreed-upon term sheet. Nothing has changed,” Covanta spokesman James F. Regan said. “We fully intend to live up to the term sheet, which was agreed to by the board of supervisors.” Regan said the company was eager to continue negotiations, but that the county had stopped the process.
I've put out messages to Pat Herrity and John Cook, the two lone voices of reason on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, trying to find out what exactly caused this abrupt about-face. I'll report back here if they respond.
In the meantime, let this be a lesson to anyone that thinks it's possible to do honest business with Democrats.
Like the ancient scorpion, they are who they are—Trusted at your own certain peril. Please, Fairfax, it's about time that we get some adult supervision on the Board of Supervisors.
Elect Spike Williams at your earliest convenience.