Category Archives: hazardous waste

[NEWS] California Biomass Company Ordered to Pay $4.2 Million for Dioxin in Ash

– May 5, 2017, Times Herald

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Photo: California Biomass Energy Alliance

A Yolo County biomass company was ordered Friday to pay a multi-million dollar penalty as result of civil settlement reached in an environmental protection action.

Woodland Biomass Power was sentenced by Yolo County Superior Court Judge Samuel McAdam to pay $4.22 million for penalties, costs and remediation.

The action was filed by district attorneys from Yolo, Solano and San Joaquin counties.

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[NEWS] EPA Proposes Classifying Treated Railroad Ties as Nonhazardous Waste

– by Anna Simet, November 3, 2016, Biomass Magazine

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Photo: Biomass Magazine

The U.S. EPA has proposed an amendment that will add additional treated railroad ties to its list of categorical nonwaste fuels under the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials Rule.

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, NHSM rulemakings identify which nonhazardous secondary materials are or aren’t solid wastes when burned in combustion units. If material is a solid waste under RCRA, a combustion unit burning it is required to meet the Clean Air Act Section 129 emission standards for solid waste incineration units. If the material is not a solid waste, combustion units are required to meet the CAA Section 112 emission standards for commercial, industrial, and institutional boilers, much less stringent standards.

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[NEWS] Radioactive Fukushima Wood to Generate 20 Megawatts of Biomass Power

– by Brian Parkin, October 26, 2016, Bloomberg

Homes And Businesses In Fukushima As Five Year Anniversary Of Devastating Tsunami Approaches

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Japan is turning to a small German company to generate power from timber irradiated by the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear meltdowns.

Closely held Entrade Energiesysteme AG will sell electricity from 400 of its container-sized biomass-to-power machines set up in Fukushima Prefecture, said the Dusseldorf-based company’s Chief Executive Officer Julien Uhlig. The devices will generate 20 megawatts of power by next year and function like a “biological battery” that kicks in when the sun descends on the the region’s solar panels, he said.

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[NEWS] Waste Incineration Shows Growth in New Jersey, Maine and Florida

– by Carl Weinschenk, October 20, 2016, Energy Manager Today

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The waste to energy (WTE) sector is not huge, but it is showing signs of growing.

This week, New Jersey moved toward joining the ranks of states that require food waste to be utilized as an energy source. The rationale for the requirement is two-fold: Rotting food releases methane, which is a harmful greenhouse gas. Transitioning the material to energy would help alleviate that problem. And in addition to addressing the methane issue, the energy that is produced reduces reliance on fossil fuels.

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[NEWS] Indiana Cement Plant Loses Appeal to Burn Hazardous Waste

– by Madeleine Winer, August 18, 2016, Courier Journal

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Essroc Cement Plant (Matt Stone/Courier Journal)

The cement plant in southern Indiana that wants to burn hazardous waste for fuel will have to apply for rezoning.

After a more than three-hour hearing, the Clark County Board of Zoning Appeals decided to uphold a letter written by the president of the plan commission and acting executive director that deemed an earlier decision to allow the Essroc to burn alternative fuel as void.

“I’m disappointed in the decision,” said Jeremy Black, manager at Essroc’s plant in Speed, Indiana, “but I’m confident that we’ve got other means to obtain the required authorization to continue with the project.”

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[NEWS] Pennsylvania Town Afire Over Incinerator Proposal

– by Jeff Platsky, August 8, 2016, Press and Sun Bulletin

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Graphic: Times Tribune

Armed security guards stood at both sides of the room.

Township supervisors were cordoned off from the sizable crowd. Not 10 minutes into the meeting, the first disgruntled audience member walked out.

This is otherwise peaceful Susquehanna County, a rural outpost in northeast Pennsylvania where few things appear to rile its 42,000 residents.

In this Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania, the neighborly feel has taken an ugly turn as reports of a proposed industrial incinerator on a 114-acre plot just east of Interstate 81 off the Gibson exit put some residents in a panic.

Now, emotions are clearly pitched. Tempers flare. Residents are on edge. And details on this potentially landscape-changing project are few.

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[NEWS] Cement Plant Challenges Zoning to Burn Hazardous Waste

– by James Bruggers, August 5, 2016, Courier Journal

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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.

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[NEWS] Is Sustainable Trash Burning a Load of Rubbish?

– by Carrie Arnold, August 1, 2016, Smithsonian

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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.

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[NEWS] Radioactive Waste Sent to Massachusetts Trash Incinerator

– by Peter Goonan, June 30, 2016, Springfield Republican

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Trash picked up in Sixteen Acres apparently included a small amount of “short-lived radioactive” waste of medical origin, triggering alarms at the Covanta trash incinerator at Bondi’s Island in Agawam on Wednesday, according to the city.

Marian Sullivan, communications director of the mayor’s office, said Thursday in a prepared statement that the waste was apparently brought in by a city trash truck from the curbside collection in Sixteen Acres.

This is not the first time radioactive materials have triggered alarms at the waste-to-energy plant. Each time there is an alarm activation, it costs the city an additional $2,000 in regulatory fees, Sullivan said. She urged residents to be careful in their disposal of waste.

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[NEWS] Developers Eye Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania for Hazardous Waste Incinerator

– May 25, 2016, Renewable Energy From Waste

PasusquehannaA developer has sent document indicating plans for an incinerator to process hazardous industrial waste in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, a report from the Scranton Times-Tribune says. Officials say that discussions for the project are in the early stages and it’s all speculation at this time.

According to the Times-Tribune, an April 26 report states the construction on an industrial park and incinerator could being in 2018, but the project needs state and local approval.

The county had called for industrial counties to consider its area as a possibility for business, and a group of developers called Tyler Industrial Park expressed interest. Another unspecified group of investors is considering whether the location, in New Milford Township, Pennsylvania, is appropriate for a waste incinerator.

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