– 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 Neil Seldman, August 25, 2016, Institute for Local Self Reliance
Prince George’s County has officially declined to move forward with garbage incineration as part of its future solid waste and recycling management system. On 9 August the County notified all bidders that it has “determined that the project may not be in the best interest of the County at this time.”
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– 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.
– by Nick Sanbides, Jr., August 12, 2016, Bangor Daily News
Penobscot Energy Recovery (Bridget Brown/Bangor Daily News)
Penobscot Energy Recovery Co.’s battle with Fiberight over central and northern Maine’s post-2018 trash disposal future is headed to court.
Orrington-based PERC, along with its majority owner, USA Energy of Minnesota, and Exeter Agri-Energy, filed an appeal in Kennebec County Superior Court on Friday saying that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection erred in giving three permits to Fiberight’s proposed $69 million waste processing plant in Hampden.
A spokesman for the Fiberight effort dismissed the appeal, saying it was unlikely to have any impact.
– by Jeff Platsky, August 8, 2016, Press and Sun Bulletin
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.
– 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.
– 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.