Pakistani Delegation Tours Covanta Haverhill, Gets Insight into Tech and Environmental Protection

Reworld, formerly known as Covanta, in Ward Hill. (Courtesy photograph.)

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A delegation from Pakistan recently toured Covanta Haverhill’s energy-from-waste plant in Ward Hill, learning about technology and solutions, U.S. investors in the sector and how the U.S. has used such plants to manage municipal solid waste and generate electricity.

The exchange program was part of the International Visitor Leadership Program paid by the U.S. State Department and implemented by WorldBoston, a Boston nonprofit.

“The group’s site visit to the plant covered a tour of the facility, an overview of the role a waste-to-energy plant plays in Massachusetts’s waste management system, how it operates and is regulated and the progress it is making toward reducing their emissions of targeted air pollutants,” WorldBoston’s Stefan Hendley told WHAV in an email.

Sarah Sibley, also of WorldBoston, said there was a group of eight visitors from Pakistan who were accompanied by three interpreters contracted by the U.S. Department of State as part of a three-week visit to the U.S.

Covanta Area Asset Manager Mark Van Weelden said the guests received a safety briefing and full facility tour followed by an extensive discussion around emissions, emission controls coupled with a review of both state and federal regulations.

“The Haverhill staff were honored to be selected to show off our facility, our people and more importantly our complete process,” said Van Weelden.

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