– by Scott Dance, December 15, 2017, Baltimore Sun
Photo: Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun
A trash incinerator in Southwest Baltimore is the city’s largest single source of air pollution. But a state law has nonetheless allowed it to collect roughly $10 million in subsidies over the past six years through a program intended to promote green energy.
Few commuters who pass the imposing white smokestack on Interstate 95 have any idea that the plant burns their household waste, that their electric bills help to maintain it, or that it releases thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases and toxic substances — carbon dioxide, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde among them — into the air every year.
– by Pat Crossley, November 17, 2016, Sun-Gazette
“We can win this” was the message from Mike Ewall, founder and director of the Energy Justice Network, to about 60 residents of Muncy who attended a meeting organized by the group opposing the proposed waste to fuel project in the borough.
Ewall, an environmental lawyer, has been working with the “Stop the Muncy Incinerator” group in its effort to keep Delta Thermal Energy (DTE) Inc. from locating its plant in the former Andritz building.
– by Carl Weinschenk, October 20, 2016, Energy Manager Today
Photo: Energy Manager Today
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.
– October 18, 2016, Sun Gazette
Muncy School Board (Photo: Sun Gazette)
The Muncy School Board voted 7-1 on Monday to adopt a resolution stating the board wishes to publicly oppose the waste-to-energy plant.
The plant, which has been proposed by Delta Thermo Energy Inc., is to be located at 100 Sherman St.
“The property is located within a few blocks from Muncy Junior-Senior High School,” said Superintendent Dr. Craig Skaluba.
Skaluba said Delta Thermo Energy has submitted a zoning application with the borough of Muncy.
– by Jim Lynch, October 18, 2016, Detroit News
Detroit Renewable Power (Photo: Brandy Baker / Detroit News)
The Detroit incinerator, long controversial for its burning of the city’s waste, is being targeted by a lawsuit that claims the facility repeatedly fails to meet safe air emission standards.
Officials with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center filed a notice of intent to sue incinerator operator Detroit Renewable Power. Like previous owners of the facility, the company takes in thousands of tons of trash each day for incineration.
The incineration produces steam and electricity that Detroit Renewable Power sells to DTE Energy. The process also produces air emissions that are considered harmful to the public.
– by Cara Morningstar, October 12, 2016, Sun Gazette
Photo: Mark Nance / Sun Gazette
The Muncy Borough Council listened to about 30 speakers Tuesday during public comment address a waste-to-energy plant proposed by Delta Thermal Energy.
The council had to meet at the Muncy High School auditorium to accommodate the present at the meeting. Last week’s meeting at borough hall was suspended because of the overflow of people wanting to get into the meeting.
All those who spoke Tuesday were against the plant, and by the cheers and applause of agreement with the comments, the audience also seemed to be against it.
“Why would Muncy want to be a Guinea pig for experimental technology?” was one of many questions asked.
– by Dick Lindsay, October 11, 2016, Berkshire Eagle
Covanta Pittsfield (Photo: Ben Garver/Berkshire Eagle)
For at least four more years, Covanta will take trash and recyclables of Pittsfield and surrounding communities.
By a vote of 10-1, Councilor-at-Large Melissa Mazzeo opposed, the City Council Tuesday night backed Mayor Linda Tyer’s request to give $562,000 in Pittsfield Economic Development funds so the solid waste-to-energy and recycling facility can make the necessary upgrades to meet state and federal environmental standards and remain profitable.
Covanta announced in early July that it planned to close the Hubbard Avenue trash burning plant because the high operating costs and the size of the plant made it unprofitable. Tyer and her administration immediately began working on a financial package to entice the New Jersey-based company to forgo its plan to cease operation in March.
– by Meredith Fowlie, September 7, 2016, The Energy Collective
Air curtain incinerator (Photo: Energy Collective)
Every summer vacation, we pack our tree-hugging family into the car and head for the Sierra Nevada mountains. In many respects, our trip this summer was just like any other year, complete with family bonding moments and awe-inspiring wilderness experiences:
But our 2016 photo album is not all happiness and light. This year, we saw an unprecedented number of stressed and dying trees. Forest roads were lined with piles of dead wood.
These pictures break a tree hugger’s heart. But they barely scratch the surface of what has been dubbed the worst epidemic of tree mortality in California’s modern history. According to CAL FIRE, over 66 million trees have died since 2010. And it’s not over yet.
– by Josh Schlossberg, The Biomass Monitor
One-quarter of renewable energy in the U.S. in 2015 came from wind (21%) and solar (6%), according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, 43% was from generated from bioenergy, combusting trees, crops, manure, and trash for electricity and/or heat, or converting these materials into liquid transportation fuels.
So where do the nation’s largest and most influential environmental groups stand on bioenergy, the largest source of renewables?
The Biomass Monitor contacted representatives for the following organizations (listed alphabetically) to determine their stances on biomass power and heating, liquid biofuels for transportation, and trash incineration: 350*, Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, National Wildlife Federation*, Natural Resources Defense Council, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, and Stand (formerly Forest Ethics).
*350 and National Wildlife Federation representatives didn’t respond to repeated inquiries, so organizational platforms are based on information found online.
– August 5, 2016, China.org.cn
Chinese citizens protest trash incineration (BBC)
The eastern city of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, has put an end to a controversial waste incineration project following public uproar.
The government of Nanjing’s Liuhe District announced on Thursday that it will stop the incineration project after widespread public disapproval. A scheduled public consultation on Thursday was subsequently canceled.
The announcement received a lukewarm, or even hostile, reception online with many netizens saying that they are not against the incineration plant, but rather where it is built, and whether it will operate in accordance with rules to avoid pollution.