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VIDEO: How Juniper Ridge State Landfill poisons our land, river and bay. 14min.

CLICK HERE for an amazing 14 minute tour by air, land and river of the Juniper Ridge State Landfill/Waste Mound, and how how the mound’s own waste leachate ends up in Penobscot River. Produced by Sunlight Media Collective

 
 

LD 1639 to resurface  in coming Legislative session. 

The incoming legislative session brings back LD 1639 An Act To Protect the Health and Welfare of Maine Communities and Reduce Harmful Solid Waste The bill could easily put an end to the disgraceful use of Maine as Permanent Dumpland of the Northeast. But will state legislative leaders stand up to the blandishments and threats of Big Waste? Below, read what the people told the Maine legislature back in May 2021, when the Environment and Natural Resources Committee last considered the bill Bill history and related documents

Public Hearing Testimony, 66 items

Barrett, EdLewiston(41 KB)
Blair, PeterConservation Law Foundation(243 KB)
Blanchette, LeonardBrunswick Sewer District(93 KB)
Blows, JamesSaco(41 KB)
Boulos, RebeccaMaine Public Health Association(210 KB)
Boyd, WayneHolden(41 KB)
Bradford, AbigailEnvironmental Priorities Coalition(99 KB)
Bullard, SamPeace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine(57 KB)
Cayer, MarkMayor of Lewiston(47 KB)
Chase, CrystalChase Trucking(188 KB)
Clark, PaulaMaine DEP(230 KB)
Colihan, DanaPortland(1003 KB)
Couillard, TroyTRC Trucking(57 KB)
Curley, PatriciaEdgecomb(47 KB)
Dana, MaulianPenobscot Nation(12 KB)
Dearborn, MelissaWaldoboro(75 KB)
Deming, AdamGray(12 KB)
Eaton, ChuckGreenbush(227 KB)
Elliott, JacquelynWaterboro(84 KB)
Eshoo, Amy350 Maine(164 KB)
Exchange, MitchellExchange Trucking LLC(59 KB)
Filion, NicholeComplete Staffing Solutions(57 KB)
Firmin, ScottPortland Water District(158 KB)
Gendron, ToddEasy Rent-All Corp.(32 KB)
Gilman, BenMaine State Chamber of Commerce(127 KB)
Goldberg, NealMMA(312 KB)
Green, ZebSkowhegan(51 KB)
Grenfell, TrevanionUnity(41 KB)
Haskell, TimothyYork Sewer District(111 KB)
Haynes, MaryNorway, Maine(41 KB)
Jackson, AnthonyBrewer(13 KB)
Jeffers, LincolnLewiston(181 KB)
Leahey, GregoryReSource Waste Services(486 KB)
Leithiser, CharlesOld Town(157 KB)
Leslie, JohnOrrington(41 KB)
Lippincott, BillHampden(70 KB)
Lister, HillaryAthens(122 KB)
MacDonald, AmberHolden(41 KB)
Martinez-Alfonzo, StephanieUnity(38 KB)
Mason, GarrettAssociated Builders and Contractors of Maine(70 KB)
Merrill, KellySkowhegan(57 KB)
Mosley, MichaelWaterville(56 KB)
Nichols, SarahBangor(594 KB)
Obomsawin, MaliSunlight Media Collective(64 KB)
Oltarzewski, DianeBelfast(57 KB)
Peaslee, TravisLewiston – Auburn(201 KB)
Peters, RyanNewport(41 KB)
Robertson, CherylOrono(61 KB)
Roger & Family Doucette, SarahWhitefield, NH(12 KB)
Sack, KerryOld Town(55 KB)
sanborn, Lokotahindian island(141 KB)
Smith, HunterSierra Club Maine(101 KB)
Spencer, EdDon’t Waste Maine(42 KB)
Staples, BarryStaples Trucking(360 KB)
Stone, BonniePittsfield(41 KB)
Swan, JonSave Forest Lake(54 KB)
Tipping, MikeOrono(58 KB)
Townsend, ElizaAppalachian Mountain Club(447 KB)
Troiano, TJTroiano Waste Services, Inc(210 KB)
Wade, TimMaine Water Environment Association(116 KB)
Walker, LeroyAuburn(287 KB)
Ward, MarkBristol(73 KB)
Warming, Betty-JoLimington(41 KB)
Willett, ShaneWillett Trucking(56 KB)
Woodbury, SarahSouth Portland(111 KB)
WRIGHT, SHELBYCasella(337 KB)

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Maine Waste History 2006: SAPPI seeks CDD incineration in Westbrook

 By Hillary Lister, for Maine Indymedia November 17, 2006

Over 1 Million Pounds a Day of Toxic Construction & Demolition Waste Planned to be Burned in Westbrook

On Thursday, November 17, about a dozen people spoke out at a Public Hearing against plans for over a million pounds a day of toxic construction and demolition waste to be burned at the SAPPI mill in Westbrook.On Thursday, November 17, about a dozen people spoke out at a Public Hearing against plans for over a million pounds a day of toxic construction and demolition waste to be burned at the SAPPI mill in Westbrook. (Continued below_photo)

Sappi Mill, Westbrook, Maine (File photo)

SAPPI also plans to build a massive construction and demolition waste processing facility to take in this waste, most of which would likely be shipped in from out of state.

The waste that would be burned in Westbrook, in Maine’s most populated region, only miles from Portland, would be allowed to include over 10,000 pounds a day each of plastics and asbestos, over 15,000 pounds a day of Arsenic treated wood, over 500 pounds a day of Lead, and unknown amounts of Mercury.

According to Department of Environmental Protection representatives speaking at the meeting, the highly toxic ash that results from incinerating this waste would be run through the SAPPI water treatment plant for disposal.

Maine is the only state in New England that has so-called “biomass boilers” incinerating this waste. It is illegal to landfill this waste in Massachusetts. In New Hampshire, where there is a moratorium on burning this waste, Governor Lynch stated, “The burning of construction and demolition debris poses serious risks to the health of our citizens and the health of the environment. …80% of the debris burned in Maine comes from out of state. We must not let New Hampshire become the new dumping ground for this material.”

The plans to incinerate this waste in Westbrook is only one of many plans for dumping and burning this waste in Maine. This practice has gained strength following state legislation passed at the last minute and without a needed Public Hearing this Spring that encourages the importating and burning of this waste in Maine.

There is also significant public funding for corporations incinerating this waste, thanks to Bush’s Energy Bill which provides ever growing amounts of taxpayer money for “renewable energy” sources. Thanks to waste industry lobbying pressure, incinerating toxic waste is considered to be an eligible form of “renewable energy”.

The town of Athens, Maine has a year-long moratorium that stops the incineration of this waste. This moratorium was passed with major public support. It allows the people to develop local ordinances that give the community the power to decide whether it wants to allow burning this waste in the town. Other communities can use this same process to protect themselves from the dangers of burning this waste.

There are better ways to deal with construction and demolition debris so it does not become dangerous waste. Burning these materials results in the creation of new and more concentrated poisons. Deconstruction of buildings and reuse of materials is standard practice throughout the world – why not in Maine?

The state DEP and legislature have said quite clearly that they consider incineration of this toxic waste to be safe. While it is important to send comments to the DEP, attend Public Hearings, and appeal their rulings in favor of this dangerous practice, local organizing will be necessary for folks to effectively protect the health of their families and communities from this threat.

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The DEP is accepting written testimony on the Air Emissions application for this project through Tuesday, November 21, 2006. Comments can be sent to Randy.L.McMullin (at) maine.gov.

For more info on opposition to burning this waste in Westbrook, email westbrookforcleanair (at) yahoo.com .

For more information on the Athens moratorium and ordinance, email sterren (at) brandeis.edu

 

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Global Assessment: Urgent steps must be taken to reduce methane emissions this decade.

The United Nations Environmental Program has issued a stark warning/clarion call for humanity to drastically drop the amount of methane gas we released into our atmosphere.

UNEP describes itself as “The leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The assessment integrates the climate and air pollution costs and benefits from methane mitigation. 

“Cutting methane is the strongest lever we have to slow climate change over the next 25 years and complements necessary efforts to reduce carbon dioxide.” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP. “The benefits to society, economies, and the environment are numerous and far outweigh the cost. We need international cooperation to urgently reduce methane emissions as much as possible this decade,”

 

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BDN: With Hampden waste plant’s reopening in the works, Orrington rival sees chance to collaborate

As a shuttered waste processing plant in Hampden looks to reopen under new ownership later this year, the Orrington incinerator that’s been handling most of the Bangor area’s waste in the interim sees a chance for collaboration with the waste plant across the river rather than continued rivalry.

“I think two facilities can survive,” said Henry Lang, plant manager at Orrington’s Penobscot Energy Recovery Co., or PERC, which has generated electricity by burning trash since the 1980s. “If the two facilities work together, they actually come out ahead.”

PERC has struggled to stay profitable and find new sources of waste since more than 100 towns and cities stopped sending their household trash there in 2018 in favor of the Coastal Resources of Maine plant in Hampden that was supposed to open that year. The Orrington plant has since upgraded its equipment to reduce processing costs and incinerate a larger portion of the waste it takes in. But a few other ventures — including one to prepare Maine wood chips for export to Europe, and another to import shredded plastic waste from Northern Ireland — haven’t panned out.

full article CLICK HERE

 
 

Company trying to purchase Hampden plant wants to mix trash with sewage sludge – BDN 2/8/21

FXCERPT FROM THE BDN STORY:

“The Pennsylvania-based company working to purchase a shuttered waste processing plant in Hampden specializes in mixing wastewater sludge with household trash, then burning the mixture to produce electricity.

“Delta Thermo Energy has tried out the technology in small-scale test projects in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and the process is based on the company’s work at facilities in Germany, South Korea and elsewhere overseas.

“But if the company closes on the Hampden plant as intended next month, it would be its first time running a full-scale waste processing plant in the U.S. after a number of other attempts to build plants in the mid-Atlantic fell through.

“The Coastal Resources of Maine plant in Hampden has been closed since last May after it ran out of money to pay its bills and fund a series of performance upgrades. Delta Thermo was one of seven companies that expressed interest in taking over the shuttered operation, and it signed an agreement to negotiate its purchase of the plant late last year.

“Delta Thermo Energy CEO Rob Van Naarden expects the deal with the Coastal Resources of Maine plant’s bondholders to close by the end of March and the plant to restart four to six weeks after that.

“The company plans to run the plant with its existing technology to start, but the goal is to deploy Delta Thermo’s own technology there in the future, Van Naarden said in a meeting with the Municipal Review Committee on Jan. 19. The Municipal Review Committee represents the 115 towns and cities that send their waste to the Hampden plant. They’ve been sending it to the PERC incinerator in Orrington and the Crossroads Landfill in Norridgewock since the Hampden facility has been idled.

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Full story at the link

 
 

MRC announces candidate buyer for plant

On January 19m 2021 the Delta Thermo Company CEO Rob Van Naarden made this zoom presentation to the Municipal Review Committee

Delta Thermo Energy proposes to reopen the Coastal Resources of Maine recycling plant within the next four months, according to CEO Rob Van Naarden.

Van Naarden was questioned by John Banks of the Penobscot Nation (1) whether the new operation they proposed, with no landfilling and no incineration would start out that way or was it a long term goal? The company rep said they would try their hardest .(2) What specific actions would you take to get to no incineration or landfilling? He didn’t explain but pointed to the company’s operations in Europe and Japan that it said neither incinerate nor landfill the municipal waste that enters them

A reporter for News Center TV asked the CEO about the fate of the former employees. Would they be hired back? The answer: only groundworkers, that do first stage processing. How many employees . Answer: around 30

Cary Donovan asked if tipping fees would differ for towns that used single sort waste vs those that recycle on the town end. Answer Would keep it as it was before. Dave asked Since the first goal is get it running is the state playing along? Answer Yes they can transfer existing permits. “Someone” asked for details of the special waste process the company uses. She said she understood it d to be be first stage is recycling extraction and the second stage is organics extraction Others raised questions but the company CEO remained very general about its plans.

 
 

BDN: Pennsylvania company hopes to reopen Hampden trash plant this spring

“The Hampden waste facility that shut down last spring after just six months could soon reopen under the management of a Pennsylvania company that converts trash to electricity.

The company, Delta Thermo Energy, hopes to close the deal and reopen the Coastal Resources of Maine plant within the next four months, CEO Rob Van Naarden said Tuesday afternoon.”

“The Hampden plant, which converted household trash into a mix of fuels and other materials, closed last May after its owners ran out of money amid a number of construction and startup delays. That forced 115 Maine towns and cities to instead send their trash to landfills in Norridgewock and Old Town and to an Orrington plant that burns trash to generate electricity”. Full January 21, 2021 BDN article

 
 

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MRC to announce their new buyer on Tuesday January 19 at 1:00 PM

Finally a buyer has been selected to restart and operate the Fiberight waste recycling facility in Hampden Maine The identity of the new buyer will be announced on January 19th Watch and listen to the presentation Jan 19th at this zoom link : https://zoom.us/j/94724611326

The Municipal Review committee is a group of 115 municipalities organized originally to collectively negotiate agreements with the PERC waste-to-energy facility in Orrington, Maine to burn their Municipal Solid Waste.

Then in 2018 the new Fiberight plant, AKA Coastal Resources of Maine, a competing trash recycling / waste to energy facility in Hampden, started up. But then it had to shut down in May of 2020, as they were never able to fully operate as promised, and ran out of money. Since then the solid waste of the MRC towns and cities has been sent to Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town and the PERC trash to energy incinerator in Orrington This should end once the Fiberight plant restarts. Time will tell…

 
 

At Jan 7, 2021 BEP mtg: DEP & Big Waste agree: keep Out Of State Waste flowing into Maine!

On January 7, 2021, Maine Board of Environmental Protection held a zoom meeting that included  waste rule changes brought forward by citizens group Don’t Waste ME, Penobscot Nation, and others. Listen to participants below. Fact Sheet (PDF) :: Draft Rule Chapter (PDF) :: Citizen Petition :: Adoption Packet The BEP declined to adopt nearly all the requested rule changes  See Maine Public Radio News story

 The changes would’ve (1)defined waste as “Maine Waste” only if it originated in Maine. This to end a recycling  loophole that lets thousands of truckloads of waste to be brought to Maine  every year from other states and landfilled as “Maine waste”.  (2) they would have instituted Environmental Justice as a regulatory criterion for state  siting  or expansion of  landfills or  their discharging waste.

PART 1 INTRODUCTION; AGENCY ON THE PETITION

  1. Introduction, Mark Draper 2min 19sec

2 Acting DEP Commissioner Melani Loyzim updates  93sec 

3  Review December 15 2020 minutes.  50sec

Chapter 100  Air  Licencing issues 2min

Chapter 400 Rulemaking petition intro 39sec

DEP Paul Clark overview of Chapter 400 issues 11min

DEP Paula Clark Q&A 41min

PART 2 PUBLIC SPEAKERS 

Ed Spencer reads Hillary Lister comments

10 Ed Spencer’s  own comments

11  Procedural question 6min 35sec

12 Dan Thornton, Thornton Construction 3min37sec

13  Kat Taylor, Argyle Maine 10 min

14  Bill Lippincott Don’t Waste ME  4min 15sec

15 Greg Leahy Reenergy  5min42sec

16 Brian Rayback NewsMe Landfill and QA 11min30sec

17  Closing Paula Clark remarks to  break 2min 53 sec

Bill Lippincott 4min 14sec  (see 14)

PART 3 BEP deliberates on DWM’s rulemaking petition Full 30 minute audio

D1 Intro to deliberations 2min10sec

D2 Parker 1min 31sec

D3 Duchesne 5min21sec

D4  Lessard 2min15sec

D5 Pelletier 1min 21sec

D6 Parker 1min31sec

D7 Draper 2min 54sec

D8 Duchesne 1min 21sec

D9 Pelletier and Clark 1min 28sec

D10  Loyzim 1min 18sec

D11 Lessard and Loyzim 2min

D12 Draper and Clark 3min24sec

D13 Draper to vote to end 1min 34sec

End

 

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