CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 |
A body found wrapped in a pink plastic bag in a Manhattan Beach park was probably placed there within the last nine days, officials said Friday. City workers moving piles of manure onto a truck discovered the partially decomposed body about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The manure pile was delivered to a corner of Polliwog Park near a baseball diamond nine days ago, said homicide Lt. Dave Coleman of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Investigators believe the body was dumped after the delivery was made.
June 9, 2013 |
Dairy farmer Ron Koetsier's 1,200 cows produce roughly 90 tons of manure daily, and for the last three decades, he has tried unsuccessfully to turn the stinky dung into energy to power his 450-acre farm in Visalia. He installed a nearly $1-million renewable energy system in 1985 that used the methane from manure to create electricity for his farm. In 2002, he replaced that system with newer technology, but he hit a snag when air-quality standards called for expensive retrofits to reduce air pollution; he eventually shut down the system in 2009.
April 11, 2013 |
Michelle O'Malley knows good horse poop when she sees it. While at MIT, the chemical engineer scooped up some manure from Finn, a grass-fed horse at a sustainable farm in Concord, Mass. That offal has led to a potential breakthrough in turning grasses and nonfood crops into an alternative fuel in attempts to wean motorists from fossil fuels and stem man-made climate change. O'Malley, a chemical engineer at UC Santa Barbara, has isolated a fungus that could more easily unlock the sugars used to ferment ethanol.
July 15, 2012
Re "Political process worked well," Column, July 12 George Skelton giving our state legislators high marks for "working together" to vote to fund initial bullet train construction reminds me of the little girl who got a large pile of manure for Christmas. She immediately went about shoveling through the pile and, when asked why, replied that with all this manure, there must be a horse in there somewhere. Skelton talks about a "functional" Legislature that votes for a rail system most Californians don't want, a system we can't possible pay for and that makes no logical sense, while cities are becoming insolvent and are beginning to fall like dominoes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2012 |
The Riverside County city of Norco is best known for being "Horsetown USA," a city with more miles of riding trails than paved roads and a hitching post at the downtown McDonald's. Truth be told, Norco is also on the receiving end of 65 tons of manure produced each day by its population of at least 17,000 horses. So now the city is taking a hard look at a proposal to cash in on all that waste by building a manure-to-energy conversion plant. Designed by Chevron Energy Solutions, the plant would end $17.25-per-ton shipments of manure-filled barrels and dumpsters from Norco homes, stables and horse clubs to leased drying fields about 10 miles away.
December 25, 2011 |
Reporting from Yadkinville, N.C. Loyd Bryant used to pump manure from his 8,640 hogs into a fetid lagoon, where it raised an unholy stink and released methane and ammonia into the air. The tons of manure excreted daily couldn't be used as fertilizer because of high nitrogen content. The solution to Bryant's hog waste problem was right under his nose - in the manure itself. Graphic: Power-generating hogs A new waste-processing system - essentially a small power plant - installed on his 154-acre farm uses bacteria to digest the waste and burns methane to produce electricity.