"There was never any collaboration between the Northeast [Maryland Waste Disposal] Authority and the proving ground," he said. "It took us until probably around this time last year to really get down to know who at the federal level we should talk to. It's never the garrison commander. We finally found out it's not even a military person."

The waste authority, which includes Harford and Baltimore counties, set up the original deal to build the Aberdeen Proving Ground incinerator in the 1980s to sell steam to the installation.

Most council members mum

Other than Councilmen Dion Guthrie and Joe Woods, who represent the Joppa area, the majority of the county council members have been silent about the transfer station issue.

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"Most council members don't feel the need to talk about it because it is not in their district," Craig said.

Craig said when President Barack Obama came into office, the Army's plans also changed "180 degrees" and a new steam-to-energy incinerator at APG was deemed no longer viable, he said.

"The value of steam as an energy [source] fluctuates so much that they are not going that route," he said of the military. "They basically backed off, so the facility is not needed anymore."

The post "would prefer for us not to be there," he said. "That was completely taken out from underneath us, in one way."

Craig said the county would be "100 percent" better off with his solution — consolidating the trash and shipping outside the county — simply because there are no other viable options. He also isn't concerned about the implication of being captive to an agreement with MES.

"You are a captive anyway, no matter what you do," he said.