Cleveland Public Power proposed gasification waste-to-energy facility at the Ridge Road Transfer Station

The proposed facility at the Ridge Road Transfer Station at 3727 Ridge Road in Cleveland is within the Big Creek watershed. Municipal waste disposal, air pollution and all associated issues are complicated but they are serious and crucial quality of life concerns for every one of us in Northeast Ohio.

Friends of Big Creek encourages you to become familiar with the project and the issues, attend public hearings, ask questions, and make your concerns and opinions known to your municipal officials and the Ohio EPA.

If you have any questions FOBC suggests you contact Brian Cummins, Cleveland City Councilman Ward 14, 216-664-4238,

Information Sources

Cleveland Recycling & Energy Generation (CREG) Center page on Cleveland Public Power

Ohio EPA - Draft - Division of Air Pollution Control Permit-to-Install for Cleveland Public Power - Ridge Rd.

"Cleveland Public Power announces plan for significantly lower emissions from the proposed CREG Center," CREG Center news release, February 23, 2012.
Includes links to:
CPP’s letter to the Ohio EPA
Final Emission and Air Quality Impact Comparisons
Permit Strategy Write-Up

"U.S. EPA forces Jackson to scale back trash-to-gas plant," Erick Trickey, Cleveland Magazine, February 24, 2012.

"Cleveland revives proposal for $180 million trash-to-energy project," James Ewinger, The Plain Dealer, February 24, 2012.

"U.S. EPA states Cleveland waste-to-energy project must be regulated as a major source of pollution; City of Cleveland submits revised plans in attempt to be regulated as minor source of pollution," Brian Cummins [blog], February 23, 2012.

"Cleveland's waste-to-energy proposal is faulty; new source of pollution, risk of emerging technology; flawed process and doesn't seek to use best practices for waste management," Brian Cummins [blog], February 23, 2012.

U.S. EPA correspondence to Ohio EPA, undated [received February 23, 2012].

Ohio EPA reviews public comments before deciding on CPP air permit, Mark Holan, Sun News, February 23, 2012.

Opposition presentation: CPP MSW WTE

"[existing solid waste collection] Pilot Project Evaluation: City of Cleveland," draft report, R.W. Beck, August, 2008.

"Let's get some answers on gasification–Sun News editorial," Sun News Staff, January 27, 2012.

Ohio EPA extension of public comment period to Feb. 23rd.

“Clevelanders still concerned over garbage gasification: Cleveland Public Power hosts community meeting,” by Deb Lee,, January 20, 2012.

 “Proposed CPP gasification plant meeting draws area's concerned citizens,” by Mark Holan, Sun News, January, 19, 2012.

“Brooklyn, Old Brooklyn residents have meeting at Estabrook tonight on proposed CPP gasification plant; Council, Mayor Balbier get private presentation on proposed CPP gasification plant,” by Mark Holan, Sun News, January 19, 2012.

Correspondence: Mayor Frank Jackson request to OEPA to extend public comment deadline to Feb. 23, 2012.

“The CREG Center will increase recycling, generate electricity, reduce costs and create jobs,” CREG Center Statement, January 13, 2012.

“Trash incinerator hearing draws large crowd of opponents,” by Anastasia Pantsios, Cleveland Scene (, January 10, 2012.

“Trash-Gasification Plant Draws Ire of Citizens, Kucinich, Environment Groups,” by Maude L.  Campbell, Cleveland Scene (, January 11, 2012.

“The Mysterious Mister Tien: The man who sold Cleveland on visions of prosperity isn't all he claims to be,” by Maude L. Campbell, Cleveland Scene (, December 7, 2011.

“Cleveland schedules community meeting on trash plant” by Thomas Ott, The Plain Dealer, Jan. 13, 2012.

Ohio EPA notice on public hearing on draft air permit.

City Council Briefing Presentation 1/11/12.

Earthday Coalition

Ohio Citizen Action


Comments On Draft Permit To Install Ridge Road Gasifiers & Incinerators (P0107767) by Claude Lawrence Cornett, Jr., Cornett  Environmental Consulting.

Correspondence - Counciman Cummins/Ohio EPA.

“Solid waste gasification gets a cold shoulder in Cleveland,” WEWS Ch. 5 TV Jan. 9, 2012.

“Cleveland air official says proposed plant's emission numbers are high,” by Thomas Ott, The Plain Dealer, Jan. 10, 2012.

“Environmentalists question waste to energy plant proposed for Ridge Road Transfer Station,” by Joe Narkine, Plain Press, June 1, 2011.

“Cleveland signs agreement to build small power plant fueled by municipal waste,” by John Funk, The Plain Dealer, February 11, 2010.

“Municipal Solid Waste To Energy: Project Overview,” Presentation, February 26, 2010.

Waste Gasification: Impacts On The Environment And Public Health, The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, February 2009.

Public Meetings & Comment Period

Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson lead a series of Community Meetings on the City of Cleveland’s proposed Cleveland Recycling and Energy Generation Center (CREG). Commissioner Henderson was joined by Ron Owens, Commissioner of the Division of Waste and Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland to offer insight on the plans proposed for the Ridge Road Transfer Station. The panel offered a presentation outlining the project followed by a question and answer period. The first meeting was January 19th followed by four additional meetings.

The Ohio EPA extended the public comment period from January 23rd to February 23rd regarding the draft air permit for the proposed facility. Please direct your comments regarding the permit to David Hearne, Cleveland Division of Air Quality, 75 Erieview Plaza, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH, 44114, 216-664-2297,

FOBC Notice rev. 02/24/12