|08/12/11||Managing Solid Waste Facilities to Prevent Odor||Paper by written by The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) - a trade association representing for-profit companies in North America that provide solid, hazardous and medical waste collection, recycling and disposal services.|
|06/21/10||NYSDEC New Solid Waste Plan Draft||Entitled Beyond Solid Waste - A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for New York, the NYSDEC has drafted a 480-page plan to reduce solid waste through increases in reuse, recycling and composting in local communities. Further, the plan calls for a reduction in packaging by manufacturers and a reduction in climate and environmental impacts caused by transporting waste and harmful emissions coming from incinerators and landfills.|
|06/17/10||New Yorkers for Zero Waste Platform 2010||Local, regional, state and federal organizations join with NY Zero Waste Alliance, a project of Citizens Environmental Coalition, to support the reduction of waste through increase in reuse, recycling and composting.|
|10/24/06||11 August 2006 DEC Letter||Region 6 Water Engineer Steven Botsford's letter to OHSWA Executive Director Hans Arnold stating OHSWA's environmental responsibility for clean water quality compliance associated with the Ava Landfill site.|
|06/08/06||ACAL vs. OHSWA||ACAL filed a lawsuit against OHSWA for polluting the trout spawing stream of Moose Creek for over a year. The ongoing pollution to the creek violates State environmental law and the Clean Water Act.|
|04/20/06||Letter to Ava from OHSWA||Lengthy letter from OHSWA Executive Director Hans Arnold to the Ava Town Board regarding a "host community benefit package". The Ava board refuses to negotiate with OHSWA for a 1000+/- acre landfill that is being forced into their rural community.|
|03/31/06||DEC response to Ava||DEC Region 6 Director Sandra LeBarron's letter to Town of Ava regarding Ava's request to rescind the March 2006 DEC Consent Order and take "appropriate enforcement action". Ms. LeBarron states the DEC's response must be "somewhat restrained" since ACAL has filed a notice of intent to file a citizen's suit against OHSWA. |
|03/21/06||Notice of Intent to Sue||Pursuant to the Clean Water Act, against the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority (OHSWA) and Rifenberg Construction, Inc. by Adirondack Communtities Advisory League (ACAL)|
|03/20/06||Ava Complaint to DEC||The Town of Ava sends a letter to Region 6 DEC requesting their Consent Order be rescinded. The town board and the citizens they represent are genuinely concerned about the environment in Ava. They are extremely distressed that OHSWA and Rifenburg have been given permission by the DEC to allow excessive sediment to enter Moose Creek - "a provision that is contrary to the basic mission of the DEC."|
|02/13/06||NYSDEC Consent Order||NYSDEC is giving OHSWA permission to discharge excessive sediment and water into nearby Moose Creek, a federally protected trout spawning stream in Ava, NY. |
|09/10/05||DEC Complaint||August 2005|
Several weeks ago, I wrote about one of the newest and most successful solutions to the municipal solid waste problem: waste to energy facilities (WTE). These environmentally safe alternatives use garbage as a fuel to generate electricity.
I also introduced Mr. Jack Lauber, who is an environmental engineering consultant, and was a former State Department of Environmental Conservation employee.
Last month, Mr. Lauber gave a presentation at the Municipal Solid Waste Conference: Advances in Processes and Programs held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, entitled, “The Burning Issues of Municipal Solid Waste Disposal – What Works and What Doesn’t.”
Lauber’s highly informative presentation spoke of the misnomers associated with the old “burn plants” of the past. Today’s waste to energy facilities not only produce less air pollution that landfills, they also make energy in the form of electricity.
What was surprising to me was Lauber’s mention of how this “new” technology that was developed nearly 20 years ago, is now being incorporated to create one of the most environmentally safe solutions to solid waste disposal around the world.
In addition to removing harmful toxins from the air, new tests are presently being conducted to remove contaminants from the ash by a similar method used by the Romans to make cement. The process, called the dry scrubber air cleaning system, used for removing toxins from the air, is being used in variation to immobilize heavy metals from the ash. The stabilized ash can then be safely managed without polluting the environment.
According to Mr. Lauber’s presentation, “There are over 600 successful waste energy facilities around the world, and about 100 in the United States. Facilities such as SeaMass in Massachusetts, The Montgomery County Waste to Energy Facility in Maryland, Commerce CA, and Amsterdam AEB in the Netherlands are but a few.”
“Over two decades ago I testified, with Dr. Teller, in Palm Beach County, Florida, on the use of effective dry scrubbing air cleaning technology to properly control air contaminants from waste to energy plants. I’ve been told that the municipal solid waste tipping fee hasn’t increased in 6 years in Palm Beach County and that the revenues from electrical generation sale to Florida Utility pays for the municipal solid waste recyling and waste to energy programs. This has reduced consumer electrical rates and minimized the use of natural gas in that community.”
Lauber goes on to discuss the problems with landfills. Methane gas, a by-product of garbage buried in the ground, “is 25 times more potent as a green house gas than carbon dioxide. U.S. landfills emit almost 2 million tons of methane per year and many thousands of tons of sulfides, mercaptans, chlorinated hydrocarbons, and other volatile toxic organic compounds into the air.”
“In addition to the problems of toxic air emissions from landfills, [they] landfills will ultimately leak since polyethylene liners will degrade and leak toxic leachate into our ground and ground waters.”
Other countries around the world are either closing their landfills or substantially decreasing their use. For example, in 1999 Japan used waste to energy facilities to handle over 74% of their municipal solid waste, while only about 20% was landfilled.
“The old bad actors, the polluting waste incinerators are gone”, says Lauber. “The more than 100 WTE plants in the U.S. generate nearly 2800 megawatts of electricity, and save approximately 1.4 billion gallons of fuel oil. Waste to Energy technology is a robust, proven, clean and safe technology designed for minimal environmental risk, which has been proven in practice over several decades.”
I personally found Mr. Lauber’s presentation to be informative yet shocking. If WTE technology has been available for 20 years, then I would like to know why New York State, the DEC, and the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority want to build an archaic, obsolete, polluting, landfill in Ava. Wouldn’t it make more sense to build a WTE facility in Utica or Rome, where the majority of the garbage is being produced?
Building a landfill in Ava is a widespread injustice to the people of northern Oneida County. From selecting a small, rural town where people can’t defend themselves to placing the landfill in an area so abundant in fresh water, that federally protected streams and rivers will eventually become polluted.
The entire landfill issue is complete insanity! It has never made sense to put a landfill in Ava and it never will. If local townships unite and stand together on behalf of their citizens and resources of water, air and land, and refuse to accept anything from the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, then the townships will set a precedent for small town America: “Rural citizens do not want to be willing host communities to America’s landfills. Period.”
Please visit our website at www.ACALnews.org. Save our towns! NO DUMP!
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