Proponents of waste-to-energy incinerators often point to Europe. We would like to do the same.
A Scottish gasification incinerator in Dumfries Scotland has failed to produce any electrical power more than a year after it opened. The gasification boilers use municipal solid waste that has had recyclable materials removed. But the developer has been unable to get the system working properly. A local resident noted that “”This facility is supposed to be diverting waste from landfill but instead of polluting the land, it is now just polluting the air.”
The facility had to stop operating for three months due to boiler problems. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has stated that “long-term fix to the boiler issues… needs to be resolved before the boiler can be connected to the system.” The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has also cited 172 short-term breaches of its emissions limits during this same period. In fact, between March 2010 and November 2010, the facility had 28 activations of the by-pass stack, 235 operational breaches and produced no electricity.
According to the facility director, “We are still tweaking things. It is just a new plant and is the only one of its kind in the UK.”
To read the full article, go here: “Scottish Waste to Energy Facility Yet to Produce any Energy”. http://www.waste-management-world.com/index/display/article-display/5232983410/articles/waste-management-world/waste-to-energy/2010/10/Scottish_Waste_to_Energy_Facility_Yet_to_Produce_any_Energy.html
To read about the 400 Scottish residents that attended a council meeting to oppose a gasification incinerator, go here: “400 turn up at waste plant meeting”. http://www.hamiltonadvertiser.co.uk/2010/06/24/400-turn-up-at-waste-plant-meeting-51525-26711859/
To read about Scottish farmers forming a tractor convoy to protest the gasification incinerator, go here: “Farmers in convoy protest over energy plant”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-10697451
To read about the 11,000 letters sent to elected officials opposing the gasification, go here, http://www.dovesdaleincinerator.info/news.asp?intent=viewstory&newsid=2920