Concord trash-to-energy plant eyes permit, may have to start all over again

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:32:52 AM. The Wheelabrator trash incinerator in Concord is moving through the process of getting its emissions permit renewed – a couple of years late and not without some opposition. But if its plan to burn construction debris goes ahead as it hopes, the...
The Wheelabrator trash incinerator in Concord is moving through the process of getting its emissions permit renewed – a couple of years late and not without some opposition. But if its plan to burn construction debris goes ahead as it hopes, the company will have to do this all over again soon. The permit, known as Title V, is issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and administered by the state Department of Environmental Services. It gives the plant permission to emit certain levels of pollutants as part of normal operations, ranging from carbon monoxide gas in the exhaust to lead, mercury and dioxins in unburned ash. The seven-story-tall plant in Penacook has been burning municipal trash since 1989. Over the past eight years, according to DES data, it has burned between 190,000 and 195,000 tons of waste annually. About 52,000 tons of ash annually are left over after burning and taken to a Wheelabrator landfill in Shrewsbury, Mass. The plant produces up to 14 megawatts of electricity, which is enough for about 14,000 homes, although 1.5 megawatts are used to operate the plant. The current Title V permit was issued in 2009 and ran out in 2014, and the plant has been operating under a waiver since then. DES has begun the process of deciding whether to renew the permit. Public comments are accepted through Tuesday. Then, DES has 30 working days, or roughly six weeks, to make a decision about whether to renew the permit; that decision can be appealed. However, DES...Read more
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