April 30, 2010 |
The Obama administration on Friday proposed reducing mercury emissions by more than 50% from industrial boilers, process heaters and solid waste incinerators by December. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the plan would yield at least $18 billion worth of health benefits annually and prevent as many as 5,200 premature deaths and about 36,000 asthma attacks a year. The EPA estimates it would cost $3.6 billion to install and maintain pollution controls at the estimated 200,000 units across the country.
August 14, 2007 |
milwaukee -- Don't be so quick to throw out that expired blood pressure medication. Drug disposal companies are taking outdated or recalled prescription drugs from pharmacies and manufacturers and incinerating them, generating energy. Milwaukee-based Capital Returns Inc. last year created enough energy to power more than 220 homes for a year. To do that, it incinerated 6.5 million pounds of pills and other pharmaceuticals, which are sent from pharmacies and drug manufacturers around the country.
September 10, 2006 |
A Florida county plans to ditch its dump, generate electricity and help build roads -- all by vaporizing garbage at temperatures hotter than parts of the sun. The $425-million facility expected to be built in St. Lucie County would use lightning-like plasma arcs to turn trash into gas and rock-hard material. It would be the first such plant in the nation and the largest in the world.
December 13, 2005 |
A newspaper publisher and politician who had been one of the most outspoken critics of Syrian interference in Lebanon was assassinated Monday by a car bomb as he drove through the hills of Beirut. Gibran Tueni, a third-generation newspaperman and newly elected lawmaker, had returned to Lebanon the previous day from France, where he had taken refuge over the summer, saying his name was at the top of an assassination list in Lebanon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2005 |
A discussion here of backyard trash incinerators, which were banned in L.A. in the mid-1950s, brought this note from Pat Wilson of Corona. "We had an incinerator," she recalled of her childhood, "and before I burned my worn-out paper dolls, I would cut their little heads off so they wouldn't feel the fire." Added Wilson: "The joke's on me. Paper doll sets from the '40s and '50s now sell for $100-plus." Oooh L.A. L.A.
August 14, 2004 |
An incinerator operator got the go-ahead from the state Environmental Quality Commission to start destroying part of the nation's stockpile of Cold War-era chemical weapons. Rockets loaded with the nerve agent GB sarin are scheduled to be removed from a storage igloo at the Umatilla Chemical Depot outside Hermiston beginning Wednesday and destroyed in the adjoining incinerator, U.S. Army spokeswoman Mary Binder said.