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Halifax County leaders tour biomass plant

Halifax County Service Authority Board of Directors was joined by county supervisors for a tour of the South Boston Energy Wood Biomass Plant Thursday afternoon during the authority’s monthly meeting.

According to Authority Executive Director Willie Jones, the authority will be pumping water to steam cooling towers at the new facility from the Maple Avenue wastewater plant in South Boston. It is estimated the plant will use 30,000 gallons of water a day in regular usage and will use up to 1.1 million gallons a day to cool the towers bringing in a significant amount of revenue to the authority, Jones said.

Following the tour Thursday, the board returned to the authority’s office on Houghton Avenue in South Boston to continue the meeting.

Authority directors tabled action until their December meeting on the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project Loan for the Lasco sewer pump station expansion.

The board reviewed financial reports for October and also made final preparations for their upcoming retreat that was held Friday and Saturday.

At the conclusion of the meeting, directors went into closed session to discuss a personnel issue and the acquisition of real property.

No action was taken when they emerged from the closed session, according to Jones.