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Re: anyone ever heard of WTE incinerator with closed loop system?
I think this is what you're referring to. Whenever I hear "Louisiana" and
"incineration" in the same breath, it makes me nervous!
Firms Propose to Burn Waste New Technology Touted as
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
Fri, Sep 19 1997
The River Region Caucus, a three-parish conglomerate
that discusses issues concerning St. Charles, St. John
the Baptist and St. James parishes, heard a
presentation Thursday night for a long-term solution to
solid waste disposal.
Chip Efferson, director of the Environmental Closed
Loop Incineration Process, told representatives from
the three parishes that a plant jointly constructed by
his company and EnerWaste would dispose of the
parishes' waste without clogging landfills or emitting
EnerWaste, a Washington state company, specializes in
incinerating municipal waste. Efferson's company uses
"closed-loop" technology to dispose of hazardous
materials. Efferson said the combination would let
plant operators destroy the three parishes'
nonhazardous waste and earn supplemental income by
disposing of tires.
The combination of the two technologies has never been
attempted before and representatives from both
companies want the River Parishes to be one of the
first areas in the world to try it.
Efferson told the caucus the plant could accept 300
tons of municipal waste a day and charge the parishes
$28 per ton, a fee that would remain constant for at
least three years.
The parishes would pay nothing toward the plant's $30
million construction cost.
"We fully intend to raise 100 percent of the capital," Ê
EnerWaste representative David Reed said.
But even though local governments would not be expected
to pay for construction, Efferson said the contract
would have to be long-term for plant operators to
"We would need a 20-year commitment," he said.
Efferson assured the caucus that the plant would be
safe, so safe, he said, that nothing would be emitted
into the air. Ash from incineration, he said, would be
used to make concrete.
"The beauty of the system is, at the end we come out
with usable products," he said. "The air quality
permits are filled in with zeroes."
Some residents at the meeting expressed concern that
the technologies Efferson and Reed were proposing had
never been combined. But St. Charles Parish President
Chris Tregre said the proposal deserves to be studied.
"It has potential," he said, "and as long as there's no
financial burden," it's worth examining. "The ultimate
solution to solid waste disposal is going to come from
Jackie Hunt Christensen
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Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
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Minneapolis, MN 55404
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