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[NEWS] How a Trash Incinerator Became “Green” Energy

– by Scott Dance, December 15, 2017, Baltimore Sun

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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.

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[NEWS] Group Encouraged in Effort to Stop Muncy, Pennsylvania Incinerator

– by Pat Crossley, November 17, 2016, Sun-Gazette

14715865_1474486581-6536“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.

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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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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.

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[NEWS] School Board Opposes Waste-to-Energy Plant

– October 18, 2016, Sun Gazette

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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.

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[NEWS] Detroit Incinerator Faces Lawsuit Over Emissions

– by Jim Lynch, October 18, 2016, Detroit News

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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.

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[NEWS] Incinerator Proposal Gets Hot Reception in Muncy, Pennsylvania

– by Cara Morningstar, October 12, 2016, Sun Gazette

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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.

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[NEWS] Pittsfield, MA Trash Incinerator Will Operate For At Least 4 More Years

– by Dick Lindsay, October 11, 2016, Berkshire Eagle

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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.

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