Texas Ebola waste will not be disposed in Louisiana

On Friday Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced the State of Louisiana reached an arrangement with Texas incinerator Veolia Environmental Services and Louisiana hazardous waste landfill Chemical Waste Management to make sure that incinerator ash associated with the recent Dallas Ebola virus occurrence won’t be transported or disposed of in Louisiana,.

On Oct. 13 the Louisiana Attorney General’s office got a restraining order in the 19th Judicial District Court to briefly stop the transport of incinerated Ebola ash into Louisiana.
The temporary retraining order was extended on Oct. 21 at the request of all parties, before ultimately arriving at today’s agreement.

Attorney General Caldwell stated,”I am pleased today’s arrangement ends this chapter in the controversy of this transport and disposal of Ebola waste”

Campaigners welcome Heathrow’s Intends to move incinerator

Heathrow Airport has announced plans to move an incinerator from Stanwell and make a 15 mile ‘green ring’ around town.

The airport said it shifted its plans after residents raised concerns over its plans to relocate its incinerator to the Bedfont Road area.

A Labour county councillor however has stated it is like moving pieces around a hockey board.

Stanwell and Stanwell Moor councillor Robert Evans stated:”I welcome very much the modifications and that is due to the strain placed on BAA by me and the Labour party.

“But neighborhood resident Andrew McLuskey has done all of the hard work.

“But in saying that, we’re still fighting away to stop growth happening at Heathrow whatsoever.

“There are still serious reservations and I do not believe an expansion of the airport is ideal for the area or the entire country.

“We are talking semantics here it’s a large growth in a very cramped area. It is like moving pieces around a chess board — whatever we do not like about Stanwell will be equally as massive someplace else.”

Changes to the programs include introducing a 15 mile’green corridor’ which will increase the amount of recreational space between town and a new car park south to the airport — which has also been reduced in size.

A new park and an all-weather sports pitch has been mooted for the area, as well as the potential construction of’balancing ponds’ to help restrain the launch of floodwater.

Roberto Tambini, chief executive of Spelthorne Borough Council, stated:”We are delighted that Heathrow has listened to and acted upon our own opinions in creating its updated expansion plans and that the residents of Spelthorne are provided a better deal as a outcome.

“I am certain that we can work together and that Heathrow will continue to listen to Spelthorne residents and demonstrate a flexible approach to prospective proposals.”

Some of those 16 billion of private money being spent will also be utilised to support the Environment Agency in creating flood prevention strategies to protect homes and land in the surrounding areas.

The airport has also announced plans to finance a new bypass to replace the existing A3044 in Colnbrook and Poyle to alleviate congestion difficulties.

John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow stated:”The growth of Heathrow can bring significant benefits for local people as well as the UK economy.

“Along with bringing 50,000 new jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships, we can also improve the ecological landscape around the airport and mitigate some of today’s issues including road congestion and flooding. We continue to improve our strategies depending on the comments we receive.”

The Airports Commission is currently analyzing the situation for growth of Heathrow or Gatwick.

Supply, Installation and Commissioning of DIESEL FIRED INCINERATORS

Supply, Installation and Commissioning of DIESEL FIRED INCINERATORS
Medical Waste Incinerator, 100 to 120 Kg/hr
Application   For incineration, general and pathological
Capacity    100 C 120 kg/h burn rate
Type Two  combustion chambers type; primary  and Secondary, controlled/forced combustion air type with a flue gas emission scrubbing unit
Operating time                Minimum 8 hours daily
Operating temperature     From 850 0C to 1200 0C, Automatic controlled
Residual Ash                    5 to 10%
Construction Constructed from heavy duty mild or aluminized  steel
Or equal and approved equivalent

Insulation material            Refractory material lining similar or equal to calcium 
Silicate and hot face combination of heavy duty brickwork
Internal Construction        Fixed hearth type complete with gratings, concave bottom and charging door, lined with refractory material
Charging Door                   Suitable for manual loading of wastes and with smooth 
Dear seal equivalent of Ceramic seals with hinges.
Door Lock                          Automatic, Electric type
Ash removal door    Provided, for removing resultant bottom ash leftovers                              from the Primary chamber
Gratings    Provided
Loading Manual loading of waste
Primary Burner                        Fully automatic, with fuel, temperature and speed  controls with ignition system  flame detector                                                         Air fan Complete with safety features, flame failure                                                                    Diesel fired fuel injector type                                               
Flange mounted
Blower   Provided.  3 phase for supplying excess combustion air through the distribution system with speed control system
Temperature Minimum exit 850 0C
Observation port To be provided with protective glass type
     3.3    Secondary chamber

Tinian solid waste: Where to go?

The Marine Forces Pacific lately held an ad hoc committee meeting with the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, Tinian Mayor’s Office, Department of Public Works and Administration agents at the BECQ office on Middle Road to map out the directions to take relating to this potential solid waste solutions beneficial for both the military and the civilian inhabitants.

In light of this ongoing National Environmental Policy Act process on the construction of ranges and training areas on Tinian, the Marine Forces Pacific examined these choices and discussed these with the CNMI.

In analyzing these choices, the U.S. military held the premise that the present dumpsite situated at Puntan Diablo on Tinian — the area where the Chinese group of investors is planning to grow in an integrated hotel — will be shut and a transfer station is being considered.

MARFORPAC environmental specialist Sherri Eng said the dumpsite isn’t something that the military will be able to use.

Only by taking a look at the requirements and the benefits of the options explored, Eng said that the simplest are the off-island disposal.”

In choosing the off-island disposal alternative, the parties will have to check in the capability of the Marpi landfill to adapt the waste coming from Tinian — both military and civilian waste.

Eng, in a meeting with the regional regulatory officials and agencies walked them through the 3 systems being considered.

She stated that this system could cause significant waste reduction and energy production.

However, there are challenges to be met: siting and permitting, preserving consistent operations, the demand for waste and sorting monitoring, high first price, high maintenance cost and deadline for construction.

“Construction timeline is extended. It is not something that we can set up tomorrow,” said Eng.

Department of Public Works Secretary Martin C. Sablan mentioned about the CNMI getting an incinerator which it never used because of the problem of permitting through the regulatory agencies.

“Permitting was a issue,” said Sablan.

Choice 2: Fukuoka Landfill

The Fukuoka landfill is a new approach to handling solid waste. It is a semi-aerobic landfill with a leachate gathering pipe set up at the landfill floor that drains the leachate to a treatment facility.

This method does not require a synthetic lining.

But if that were to be pursued, Tinian will require an extra 15 hectares and the usage of certain construction material.

The MARFORPAC agents said they’ve conducted research on this particular method.

It was performed in Palau, Yap and American Samoa but nowhere else in the continental United States due to permitting.

“We have to find some type of waiver,” said Eng mentioning it isn’t a permitted system from the U.S.

However with Fukuoka method, there’s a potential to convert the existing dumpsite on Tinian.

As for leachate, the military is contemplating to upsize its waste water treatment center to adapt this if this would be the option to consider.

Since the Fukuoka landfill may require clay, Eng said their research showed the deficiency of the material on Tinian; however, it was suggested there’s a supply in Papago.

Choice 3: Off-island disposal

This alternative proposes to use the existing Marpi landfill.

With this option, Eng stated there will be no extra land requirements.

She explained this centralizes waste management program on Saipan.

But Eng was quick to point out that one of the challenges is how to manage the perception that Saipan becomes a dumping ground.

The military sees the need to upgrade shipping infrastructure.

“We are eager to accept military waste,” said DPW Secretary Martin C. Sablan.

He explained that they had excavated the floor to assemble the third cell of the landfill facility.

With this option, Eng assured that”anything we do, we are going to take the Tinian squander with us.”

Asked by DPW if the military were to foot the bill for shipping and transfer of this waste, Eng stated,”We agree to find the solution and expect to find the solution.” She explained she could not commit to anything.

Sablan said it’ll cost less for the military to deliver their waste to Saipan but the municipality will be needing assistance.

Feasibility study for three choices?

Eng pointed out that the choices needs to be brought down to two.

“I do not think we’ve got the time and cash to do all three,” she explained.

Transfer station is vital

As they mulled the prospective solutions to Tinian’s solid waste issues, Eng stated it is supposed that there’ll be a transfer station.

“Transfer station is important in these sytems,” she explained.

Closure of this dumpsite

Tinian Mayor Ramon M. Dela Cruz pointed out It Is not the responsibility of the developer to close the Present dumpsite at Puntan Diablo.

He, however, stated that Alter City has dedicated to supplying around $5 million in support.

Mayor Dela Cruz stated three years will be reasonable.

“That will permit the developer to work on the adjoining property,” he explained.

Alter City Group is proposing to build a golf course at the present site of the dumpsite.

Alter City dedicated to assist

At a hearing prior to the CNMI legislature a week, Alter City’s legal counsel Rober Torres stated,”Investor is prompted to assist in its elimination.”
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“That will allow the developer to work on the adjacent property,” he said.

Alter City Group is proposing to build a golf course at the current site of the dumpsite.

Alter City committed to assist

At a hearing before the CNMI legislature last week, Alter City’s legal counsel Rober Torres said, “Investor is motivated to assist in its removal.”
But he said the government too has to pitch in.
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New Metro incinerator Could cost $1.3 billion more than planned: Research

Metro Vancouver is taking more heat over its strategy to construct a second garbage incinerator, using a new study commissioned by squander firm Belkorp Environmental Services indicating the move could cost around $1.3 billion more than originally estimated.

The analysis, conducted by ICF International on behalf of Belkorp, comes as Metro Vancouver attempts to take care of the state’s rejection of its proposed Bylaw 280, which was essential to its solid waste management program because it could have guaranteed crap created in Metro was kept in the area.

Belkorp, which conducts the Cache Creek ditch, has been engaged in a high-profile lobbying effort against Bylaw 280 as well as Metro Vancouver’s plans to burn off the region’s waste rather than landfill it. Metro is slated to close the Cache Creek ditch in 2016.

“We’re still battling for alternatives that are far better than the incinerator,” said Russ Black, Belkorp’s vice-president of business development. “Regardless of Bylaw 280, we still wanted to demonstrate the true costs of this incinerator.”

The analysis, by ICF’s lead author Seth Hulkower, indicates Metro Vancouver significantly outperforming the revenue it would earn by selling electricity in the new incinerator into BC Hydro within a period of 35 years.

Metro had suggested it would seek to negotiate a cost of $100 per kilowatt hour from BC Hydro, but Hulkower noted the waste-to-energy business plan does not take into account that BC Hydro may correct the cost it pays for electricity after Metro recovers it capital outlay on the undertaking.

Metro Vancouver chairman Greg Moore said he is not surprised with the research’s findings, stating it’s a point that has long been contended by Belkorp.

But he said the research is early considering that Metro has at least 10 proponents offering different forms of waste-to-energy, such as district heat and gasification, and there are many potential scenarios.

“They’re persistent in pursuit of the agenda to continue to possess garbage going to their landfill,” Moore stated. “Until that decision is made I do not believe they’ll stop.”

Belkorp has a Coquitlam site where it proposes to construct a facility to take a”last pass” at waste to remove recyclables such as organics, plastics, paper and alloys, a movement that would ultimately rob the area of enough material to fuel a different waste-to-energy facility.

Black acknowledged multi-material recovery centers directly compete with incinerators however state that they make sense. “When you examine the range of prices, there’s some serious questions that need to be addressed,” he said.

Belkorp already has a Coquitlam site where it proposes to build a facility to take a “last pass” at waste to remove recyclables such as organics, paper, plastics and metals, a move that would ultimately rob the region of enough material to fuel another waste-to-energy facility.

Black acknowledged multi-material recovery facilities directly compete with incinerators but say they make sense. “When you look at the range of costs, there’s some serious questions that have to be addressed,” he said.

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Size:  940 x860x2700 mm
With burner:  15 C 20 KW
Temperature:   PRIMARY CHAMBER = 800°C AND SECONDARY CHAMBER = 850 – 1200° C
Sufficient heat generation for secure and complete combustion 600-800 °C in the first chamber and >1000 °C in the second chamber
Easy transportation on standard EURO-pallets
Constructed in a modular fashion  easy on-site movement and assembly with a minimum of equipment and technical skills;
For the destruction of problematic waste like sharps, amputates and body parts, wet or moist matter;
Off-gas quality: moderate smoke emissions during one quarter of the total incineration time; no visible emission during three quarters. AS PER INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS 
The remaining ash approximately 5-10% in weight and below 1% in volume of the original waste AS PER INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS 
Chimney height at least 5 m above the incinerator 5m ABOVE FROM THE GROUND
Temperature resistance of the lining  at least 1,200 °C

N.D. could get Ebola waste from Calif..

FARGO, N.D. — California health officials have given note that North Dakota is one of six countries that may get Ebola medical waste in case the state has any material to incinerate.

In a note posted last week, the California Department of Public Health listed North Dakota as one of six countries in which California pushes medical waste to be incinerated when onsite disposal isn’t available at medical centers.

Healthcare Environmental Services Inc., located at an industrial park at 1420 40th St. N. at Fargo, operates a medical waste incinerator that also prevents waste from other locations.

Calls to Healthcare Environmental Services on Tuesday afternoon were not returned.

The company is owned by Sanford Health. A Sanford spokeswoman said it couldn’t immediately comment on the possible incineration of Ebola waste from California at the Fargo centre.

up to now, California has no known Ebola cases, according to the state health division, which spelled out its own interim guidelines for safe handling of medical waste in an alert to providers and others.

In a different development, public health officials have been tracking two North Dakota residents who recently returned from countries in West Africa that are combating the Ebola epidemic.

Neither of those two residents is running a fever or showing any symptoms of an Ebola disease, which may include diarrhea, muscle and joint aches and abnormal bleeding. “They pose no danger to the community”

Health officials are not releasing information about where the two people live.

Public health officials in Minnesota and South Dakota also are monitoring residents in those countries who have recently visited Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone in West Africa, in which an outbreak of Ebola has killed about 5,000.

State health officials have been contacted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when a person is entering the United States from those nations through five major international airports.

“We’re doing tracking,” explained Sam Brungardt, a public information officer for the Minnesota Health Department.

On Monday, Minnesota health officials announced that they were tracking one resident who’d traveled to West Africa, but the list of individuals to track is growing.

“It has grown, and it’ll continue to grow because we get reports by the CDC,” Brungardt said. “There’s people that are returning from these three West African nations every day.”

up to now, not one of those being monitored for signs of fever with twice-daily temperature checks show any indication of disease, he said.

As a precaution, howeverthey will continue to be checked during the 21-day observation period, generally thought of as the incubation period for the Ebola virus.

South Dakota health officials also are tracking somebody who recently returned from West Africa, but isn’t showing symptoms.

South Dakota health officials also are monitoring someone who recently returned from West Africa, but is not showing symptoms.

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