The decision by the Lake County, Ind., solid waste district board to end its deal with Powers Energy of America for a proposed waste-to-ethanol project could lead to litigation. Either the district, which has spent $236,580 on the proposal, or Powers Energy, which said it has invested more than $1 billion in the venture, may go to court to file for claims. Powers Energy CEO Earl Powers said his company acted in good faith to advance the project but was let down by the district's inability to get commitments for at least 1,000 tons of waste per day to be sent to the proposed facility.

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