ERC Mourns the Passing of Jack Lauber

The Energy Recovery Council mourns the passing of Jack Lauber, who worked closely with Energy Recovery Council members and Columbia University over the years. Jack originally became involved with waste-to-energy decades ago while serving as a regulatory official with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. After retiring from that post, he became a consultant and most recently, was affiliated with WTERT at Columbia University. Jack actively organized conference sessions on waste-to-energy at national meetings of the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA). In addition, Jack participated in formal public debates with leading waste-to-energy opponents, following his passion for educating people to the environmental advantages of waste-to-energy.

Baltimore Sun highlights a business leader's support of WTE

Charles J. "Buck" Miller, Jr. wrote a very poignant letter to the editor of the Baltimore Sun, which was published on August 26.  Miller applauds the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce for their support of a proposed waste-to-energy facility proposed to be built by Frederick and Carroll counties in Maryland.  He notes that their supprt of the waste-to-energy facility "not only shows their dedication to Carroll County's environmental future, but it also demonstrates their commitment to providing long-term cost savings and job benefits to the county's residents.  The Waste-to-Energy project would employ an estimated 600 full-time skilled construction workers during the construction phase. Another 1,000 jobs in supporting industries would be created during that time as well, not to mention the 51 full-time employees the completed project would employ. An overall $260 million is estimated to be spent in the region by the vendor during the 2.5 year construction period. Once completed, the project is expected to spend about $12 million annually on area businesses."  Not to mention, the proposed facility would reduce the county's waste bill by $230 million over thirty years.  As Buck Miller concludes, "these benefits speak for themselves; Carroll County cannot afford to let an opportunity like this pass."

Maryland Governor O'Malley Supports Waste-to-Energy

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley thinks a Frederick (MD) waste-to-energy plant could have merit. O'Malley, a Democrat seeking re-election, visited Frederick on Tuesday to speak to the Chamber of Commerce, tour a local business and meet with The Frederick News-Post editorial board. A planned waste-to-energy plant for Frederick and Carroll counties is a hot topic in this year's commissioner race, and during his visit O'Malley alluded to the benefits such a plant could have. He said he traveled to Sweden and found out the country had a zero landfill policy, relying on waste-to-energy trash incineration. "They have come to the conclusion that waste-to-energy is far less damaging to the environment than the sort of emissions that happen over time and the degradation to ground water and the air from landfills," O'Malley said. O'Malley said his goal is for Maryland to have a portfolio of renewable energy sources, including waste-to-energy. He said a plant in the Fairfield areas of Baltimore would also play a role in that. "I was in favor of the one in Fairfield that got sited, and this one could have merit, too," he said. To read the article in the Frederick News-Post, please click here.

EIA Kids Page Features the Wonder of Waste-to-Energy

The U.S. Environmental Information Administration website hosts a page entitled "Energy Kids" which is designed to convey energy topics in a way that is meaningful and interesting for kids.  The mascot of this initiatie is the "Energy Ant" who tours various energy facilities and posts write-ups of his various field trips.  The Energy Ant recently visited the Covanta Alexandria waste-to-energy facility in Virginia and posted a very nice report on his field trip on the EIA Kids page.  Please read more here

Waste-to-Energy is Right Choice for Metro Vancouver

Lois Jackson, Chair of Metro Vancouver board of direcors and Mayor of Delta, wrote an op-ed published by straight.com which rationally laid out the merits of waste-to-energy and why it is the logical choice for Metro Vancouver to pursue.  Ms. Jackson does an excellent job of outlining the waste management challenges faced by Metro Vancouver and the economic and environmental factors that must be considered.  When all is said and done, Ms. Jackson concludes that waste-to-energy is the right choice for Metro Vancouver.  The entire op-ed may be read here or by clicking "read more" underneath this text.