by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
Evidently, the tax-exempt status of the Euro-style recycling center proposed for Haywood County was a deal killer with the county commissioners. Citizens, fearing the proposal would return in a more sinister incarnation, lobbied their leaders for a moratorium on incinerators. The commissioners largely thought that was crack. Kevin Ensley said the notion was a red herring. Mark Swanger argued the moratorium would apply to everything from individual wood burners to the Evergreen Paper plant. Smoky Mountain News reporter Becky Johnson asked citizens why they wanted to ban only one use, and she got internally-inconsistent feedback. She noted it odd that R’s and D’s had reversed roles on this zoning issue.