Lawsuit seeks to recoup costs of failed Harrisburg incinerator

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Pennsylvania and the City of Harrisburg have filed a lawsuit against a group of finance professionals and law firms that were hired in 2003 for the reconstruction of the city’s trash incinerator.

The 80-page complaint filed Monday in Commonwealth Court seeks a jury trial and says the defendants “facilitated the worst municipal financial disaster in the history of the commonwealth.”

“It is time to hold those responsible for the failed incinerator debt scheme accountable and recoup the taxpayer dollars wasted by their negligence and deception,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. “This project, started in 2003, represents the worst of how lobbyists and special interests bilk taxpayers for their own gain.”

Wolf said Pennsylvania and the City of Harrisburg paid more than $12 million just in fees to the firms named in the complaint and incurred nearly $360 million in debt financing for the project.

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