ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — After almost a year of discussion, the Fiberight development has been approved by the Municipal Review Committee, a board that represents 190 towns in Northern and Eastern Maine.

The discussion began over a year ago when the towns were told their current waste plant. The Penobscot Energy Recovery company (PERC) would no longer be a good option for Maine's future.

The board representing those towns in question made a controversial decision on Friday to put up more than $1 million to develop a piece of property in Hampden.

While the MRC has approved the development, there are still some hurdles for the project.

Fiberight is on hold for financial approval, because another company has appealed the DEP's decision to give Fiberight building permits for the property. That has caused some worry that the board is investing in a project that has not officially been given the green light.

If the appeal is overturned, the board would be forced to find a new way to dispose of those towns trash. However, the MRC feels this is the right step.

A pre-construction meeting could be held as soon as next week.