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Veolia North America Establishes Gum Springs, Arkansas, Treatment Plant

Veolia North America, a leader in delivering environmental services in water, waste and energy, will establish a new state-of-the-art thermal waste treatment facility in Gum Springs, Arkansas. The $600 million project is expected to create 125 jobs.

Located on approximately 1,400-acres, the facility currently features two thermal treatment plants and an encapsulated landfill which are permitted to treat and dispose of a wide variety of hazardous waste materials. Operations are planned for completion in 2024.

“Through major expansions like the facility in Gum Springs, Veolia remains focused on supporting our regional footprint through results-driven innovation and investment in infrastructure upgrades that create meaningful, permanent jobs for the local community,” said Fred Van Heems, Veolia North American President and CEO. “As members of the Gum Springs-Arkadelphia community, this ribbon cutting affirms our commitment to sharing both our resources and expertise with our communities while working together to build environmentally sound and innovative projects.”

The new facility, which will replace the two thermal plants currently at the Gum Springs site, will feature the most advanced technology available on the market for capturing emissions and preserving air quality and natural resources in the community. It will be the first of its kind in the United States to be outfitted to capture thermal heat for the generation of heat and electricity at the plant.

“I am happy to celebrate the construction of this impressive new facility, which will bring enormous economic and environmental benefits to the people of this community and our state,” Governor Asa Hutchinson noted. “We are making it known that Arkansas is a place where companies like Veolia can bring innovation and growth, and invest in the future.”

Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With nearly 179,000 employees worldwide, the company designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries.

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