Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cleveland's waste-to-energy proposal is faulty; new source of pollution, risk of emerging technology; flawed process and doesn't seek to use best practices for waste management

The following is information gleaned from research and documents provided by energy and waste consultants, U. S. EPA and other sources pertaining to reviewing the Cleveland Public Power proposed waste-to-energy facility.  The report attempts to layout and explain the problems with the proposed project and the need to focus on waste source reductions, re-use, composting and recycling, before pursuing expensive and risky waste-to-energy technology.  It is broken into four sub-sections:
  1. Non-standard faulty process and project phasing and development.
  2. Best practices in waste management not being pursued first, project driven by waste-to-energy goal.
  3. Proposed thermal gasification technology and scale is considered emerging, with too many risks and costs that could jeopardize CPP's viability.
  4. Pollution, Environmental Justice issues and need for stronger public education and involvement.
A big thanks to the following organizations as well as the numerous citizens and businesses that have been involved for the last several months in researching and verifying the information enclosed - Environmental Health Watch, Earth Day Coalition, Northeast Ohio Sierra Club, Ohio Citizen Action.  Links to the project doceuments and other sources of information are provided in a previous post here.

Major points of research and concerns about CREG Center

Here are some select excerpts (from 22 pages) that convey the summary:

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