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EBC Solid Waste Energy Seminar – Energy from Waste’s Role in the Management of Solid Waste
May 5, 2010 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Massachusetts Moratorium on New Municipal Solid Waste to Energy Facilities
Approximately fifty percent of the municipal solid waste (MSW) generated in the Commonwealth is converted to renewable energy while the other half is either landfilled or exported. Given the state of the economy, the rising cost of energy and the desire to reduce our dependence on energy from fossil fuels, especially of foreign origin, is it time for the Commonwealth to reconsider its decision to maintain the existing moratorium on new facilities that would recover energy from municipal solid waste?
This program is the first in a three part series that will focus on the issues surrounding the decision of EEA Secretary Ian Bowles to maintain the existing moratorium and look in greater detail at energy from waste options. Specifically, this first program addresses the history and future implications of maintaining the moratorium and presentations of the existing municipal solid waste disposal capacity infrastructure.
Foundation for the Moratorium
John DeVillars, TRC Companies
Thomas A. Mackie, Mackie Shea O?Brien, PC
Living with the Moratorium
Susan Reid, CLF
Speaker TBA – Covanta Energy
Implications of Maintaining the Moratorium
Robert Golledge, Golledge Strategies
James Colman, MassDEP
Shawn Worster, HDR
The second program in the series, scheduled for June 9, 2010, will focus on energy from waste technologies and will include discussion regarding Municipal Waste Combustors, Alternative Technologies and Energy from other waste streams.
The third session in the series, schedule for July 21, 2010, will explore the impacts of energy from waste on air quality, public health, recycling, renewable energy and climate change. Topics to be discussed include: Air Quality/Public Health Impacts, Recycling Impacts, Renewable Energy Portfolio Impacts, and Climate Impacts
The content of the sessions may be adjusted as appropriate to accommodate a presentation by the MassDEP of the moratorium in the context of the goals of the new Massachusetts Solid Waste Master Plan when the MassDEP publishes that plan.
Program Series co-chairs:
Dana Huff, Tighe & Bond
Thomas Mackie, Mackie Shea O’Brien, P.C.
7:30 a.m. Registration and Networking Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 12:00 p.m. Program