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and examples of un-neighborly conduct by Vanguard, the company proposing the co-digester.

The Town of Lind

Many of us have homesteaded here for generations, while others have recently moved to the area to enjoy the peace and tranquility that rural Waupaca offers.

Waupaca is known for its abundant natural resources; our many lakes, rivers, State Parks, and overall opportunity for enjoying the outdoors are unmatched. People travel from all over the United States to enjoy what our community has to offer.

The Town of Lind is a small rural community nestled just south of Waupaca. Our expansive and impressive landscapes can be seen for miles, including marshland that is home to an entire ecosystem of its own, rolling hills (some of which reach over 1000ft!), forest floors, farm fields, and many artesian wells that flow freely with the cleanest and coldest water you've ever experienced! As the Town of Lind website states:
 "Water quality and safety is of utmost importance to the Town of Lind and its residents."

We truly admire what our ecosystem has to offer here in Lind. Our groundwater is abundant and our air is crisp and free of industrial pollutants. We are passionate about our opposition to the Co-Digester proposal not because we are against any farming practices, but because our natural resources are irreplaceable. If this Co-Digester is approved, we will be putting them in jeopardy.

Whether you live in or near our community or not, thank you for learning more about the beautiful place we call home!

We do not want Vanguard as our "neighbor".

What does being a good neighbor mean to you?
 

In researching Vanguard Renewables and their relationship with other communities where they have co-digester projects, we turned to Salisbury, Vermont.
 

Vanguard Renewables has compared their proposal in the Town of Lind to their smaller Salisbury AD1 co-digester located on the Goodrich Farms in Salisbury, Vermont. We wanted to know what kind of neighbors Vanguard Renewables would be and what we discovered does not bode well for what we could encounter should this project be approved.
 

The following excerpts are from a Town of Salisbury Appeal Hearing dated August 15, 2022 related to a Property Tax Assessment for Vanguard Renewables Salisbury AD1 facility:
 

  • Due to failure to anticipate needed equipment (gas needed to be cleaned), construction took 2 years longer than anticipated
     

  • Refused to provide information throughout the process on trucks and tonnage coming into the plant
     

  • Provided only rudimentary income statements for local and property tax calculations
     

  • Mistakes made in the startup of the digester have cost the company both time and money, attributed to “result of inexperience” and “poor business decisions’ by Town of Salisbury Engineers
     

  • Company has refused to provide sufficient information to support their claims of state pollution abatement certification
     

  • Did not research food to be received from restaurants and grocery stores sufficiently and these wastes turned out not to be viable sources. Food wastes from grocery stores couldn’t be used because of the plastic wrappings.
     

  • Tried for 2 years to get financial information from Vanguard
     

  • Vanguard refused to provide insurance policies for infrastructure and business income coverage
     

  • Ten-wheel trucks were being used to bring in off-site waste not just six-wheel trucks, as was described. Also noted, “The reason digesters are now at the forefront is because some of the highest tax credits and renewable energy credits are being rewarded for natural gas. It is a huge value in comparison to the credits for solar, hydroelectric and generation of gas from a landfill. Vanguard would not provide information regarding the revenue they received from this part of the gas stream.”
     

Also note that neither Vanguard Renewables or their representatives chose to attend this hearing.

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