Incinerator questions

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In response to Warden Jane Toller’s letter in the December 18 edition, I’m glad a dialogue has begun. I can see potential benefits from incinerating residual waste, rather than trucking it to a landfill, but I also see potential problems, and those were not addressed by her letter.

In response to Warden Jane Toller’s letter in the December 18 edition, I’m glad a dialogue has begun. I can see potential benefits from incinerating residual waste, rather than trucking it to a landfill, but I also see potential problems, and those were not addressed by her letter.
1) How would the garbage be brought up to demolition temperatures? Garbage burning at low temperatures creates terrible pollution. Apparently, Covanta’s operation employs high temperatures, but how is that achieved? In order to endorse this plan, I have to know there’s a way to achieve the hyper-hot
temperatures required to make incineration safe. There has to be an investment of
energy, and not just a little.
2) What will such a plant require in terms of steadily-delivered quantities of appropriate waste material? Previous plans for incineration fell apart from the inability to deliver the feedstock at just the right time. Stockpiling garbage isn’t good, but some incinerators require a certain amount, and the Pontiac may not produce the right balance at the right time. So, other jurisdictions will be sending their garbage here; do we have room for that? Do we want a garbage highway leading to the Pontiac?
3) How will the excess energy be used? There was mention of steam-heating for homes. Steam is not easily transportable, so where in the Pontiac will you find enough houses close enough to the plant to utilize the heat? 
4) Generating electricity with the excess heat is a great idea, but is Hydro Québec on board with that? In the past, HQ has been intractable in its opposition to alternative
electrical sources and Ontario is de-funding renewable electrical projects.
5) How many jobs? If there are any long-term, decent-paying jobs for
locals, that’s a good thing, but please don’t promise jobs that won’t exist. We’re still smarting from the LiveWell scam. 
If good answers to these questions are found, I would support the project.
The present system of trucking and dumping cannot stand for long, and  incineration could be a better option.
 
Robert Wills
SHAWVILLE/THORNE