Grand jury recounts Harrisburg’s ill-fated incinerator deal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A grand jury says the passage of time and limits in state law made it difficult to investigate financial deals surrounding a trash incinerator that Harrisburg loaded up with so much debt it nearly bankrupted the city.

A report issued Thursday says that about $155 million of $434 million the city borrowed actually went to purchase, repair and retrofit the incinerator.

It calls a “lack of transparency” by people making decisions and the role in the project of taxpayer-paid professionals “problematic.”

The project caused the state to take over the city for more than two years. The incinerator’s been sold.

The jury says state prosecutors should get authority to investigate corruption in local governments without a referral from local prosecutors.

It also says the statute of limitations should be changed.

View the full report here.

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