Veolia breaks ground on thermal plant

Veolia North America held a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the construction of a new thermal waste treatment facility in Gum Springs, Arkansas.

The new facility will replace the two thermal plants currently in operation at the Gum Springs site, which Veolia acquired in 2020.

The project, which is expected to open in 2024, is the first of its kind to be permitted in the U.S. in over seven years.

“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.

Located on an approximately 1,400-acre site, the Gum Springs treatment facility currently has two thermal treatment plants and an encapsulated landfill which are permitted to treat and dispose of a wide variety of hazardous waste materials. The new facility, which will replace the existing thermal plants, will employ the most advanced technology available on the market for capturing emissions and preserving air quality and natural resources in the community.

It will also be the first facility of its kind in the nation to be outfitted to capture thermal heat for the generation of heat and electricity at the plant, further reducing the plant’s impact on the environment and the community.