– by James Bruggers, August 5, 2016, Courier Journal
Essroc cement plant (Matt Stone/Courier Journal)
The cement plant in southern Indiana that wants to burn hazardous waste for fuel has challenged a Clark County determination that it needs new zoning or a variance.
Essroc argues in a filing with the Clark County Board of Zoning Appeals that county officials were wrong to reverse an earlier determination that no zoning changes were needed.
Local zoning laws don’t allow such a reversal.
The Courier-Journal reported on June 24 that Speed plant’s plans to burn hazardous waste for fuel had been thrown into disarray, with the reversal of a December 2015 zoning determination that had been favorable to the company. County officials have claimed they were misled by the company – that they subsequently learned the company has applied for hazardous waste storage permits from Indiana regulators.
– by Carrie Arnold, August 1, 2016, Smithsonian
Municipal solid waste incinerator (Ole Poulsen)
Paul Gilman wants your trash.
Gilman isn’t a hoarder, and he maintains an admirable standard of personal cleanliness. But when he passes the dumpsters linked up at the end of driveways on trash day, filled with unwanted garbage to be taken to a landfill, all he sees is waste. To Gilman, chief sustainability officer at Covanta Energy, garbage represents an untapped and surprisingly clean source of energy.
The world is drowning in garbage. Between squalid dumps outside of slums, landfills tucked away into economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, and the tons of plastic endlessly circulating in the ocean, our trash is polluting every last nook and cranny of the planet. At the same time, humanity is using up the world’s fossil fuels at an ever faster clip, throwing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and depleting reserves of oil and coal. Gilman and advocates of waste-to-energy approaches believe that they can solve both problems simultaneously.
– by James Bruggers, February 18, 2016, Courier Journal
The southern Indiana cement plant seeking to burn hazardous wastes may have a zoning fight on its hands.
A cement company seeking to burn hazardous waste was told a year ago by a Clark County planning executive that it wouldn’t need a zoning change, according to a letter made public Thursday. But news that county officials had earlier endorsed the waste-burning plan outraged neighbors.
If it gets environmental permits, Essroc Cement will be allowed to burn the waste to fuel a cement kiln without having the plant rezoned as a special hazardous waste disposal district, Michael Taggett, executive director of the Clark County Plan Commission, wrote to the company on Jan. 26, 2015.