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A BRITISH proposal to regenerate the world's largest landfill site outside New York into a natural habitat with methane powered 'ecospheres' this week made a final shortlist of three.

The scheme from consultant Arup and architect John McAslan & Partners was chosen from a list of around 200 proposals to redevelop Staten Island's 880ha Fresh Kills landfill.

Under the proposal the landfill will be capped with 2.5Mm 3of soil and regenerated into a huge wetland and wooded habitat with built environments. Visitor centres would include ecospheres representing tropical, arctic and temperate climates.

'We propose soil production, natural vegetation nurseries and methane energy generation schemes that do not just solve problems on the island, but will turn into longer term revenue streams, ' said Arup associate director Ian Carradice.

The UK scheme is up against another proposal to create a natural habitat from US consortium Field Operators and a scheme to build a recycling centre from Rios Associates.

Final submissions to the City of New York department of city planning are due in August.

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