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Nulife owner may not move forward with Bristol operation

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It appears less and less likely that Nulife Glass will establish a glass recycling industry in Bristol, Virginia.

Three years have passed since the ribbon was cut for what was supposed to be new jobs at a recycling operation in the old Crowley Foods building across from the Bristol Mall. The plant never materialized but materials did come in the form of millions of pounds of potentially hazardous old computer and television glass. Those materials are being stored at the Crowley site and in the old Lowe's store at exit 7.

After recent threats by the city to sue Nulife for breach of contract, Nulife owner Simon Greer said state environmental permits were pending and he planned to move forward with a glass smelting operation. News 5 was told Friday by state officials that he now indicates he won't proceed.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Bill Hayden said Nulife may still set up a furnace to at least rid the properties in Bristol of old glass.

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