PASCO -- Green Power has a new proposition for the Port of Pasco.
Michael Spitzauer, the company's CEO, said Monday he had offered to pay six months rent in advance if the port would let him move back into the building his firm was evicted from in September.
The port commission voted last week to no longer do business with Green Power or Spitzauer after he failed to come up with rent and an additional deposit by Nov. 30.
On Thursday, Spitzauer brought the port a $90,000 check, which port officials refused. The port said it has struggled to get Green Power to stay current on its rent.
Green Power claims to have the technology to turn municipal waste into fuel. Spitzauer, who said he now lives in Seattle, said no plant is using his technology yet. He said Monday a plant was being built, but he could not say where because of a confidentiality agreement.
Port Executive Director Jim Toomey said Spitzauer's offer to pay rent in advance will have to wait for the port commission to consider at its January meeting.
A spokesman with the Washington state Department of Ecology, which has refused to grant Green Power the air quality permit necessary for its Pasco operation, on Friday posted a response to a blog post claim that the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration had overruled the state on the permit.
The agency ordered Green Power shut down in August for failing to get the permit. In the blog post, ecology spokesman Seth Preston wrote, "Green Power will not reopen unless the operation is brought into full compliance with laws established to protect the public's health."
Gregory Flibbert of the Department of Ecology said Monday the entry was a "thoughtful response" to some incorrect posts about the department's position on Green Power's need for an air quality permit.
Also, Spitzauer has formed a new corporation in Washington. In state filing records, he is listed as president of a new company, Prarex International Limited, incorporated on Nov. 9. The company chairman is listed as Raul Zenon, whom Spitzauer described as a customer. The company has a Kennewick address.
Court records show Spitzauer and Green Power have faced $18 million in lawsuits and tax liens in Benton, Franklin and King County courts.
Spitzauer said Monday that he has $2 billion in orders and repeated his claims he will create 300 to 500 jobs when the plant reopens.
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